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March 7th, 2013 at 5:00 am

Getting Your Kids to Read

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With parenting comes the desire to provide a solid education for our kids; but many parents do not know how to get their kids started.  The answer lies in books. Your child’s learning potential will increase by leaps and bounds if you make reading an integral part of their lives.  Here are a few ideas to start this process:

  • The easiest way to introduce your child to reading is by reading TO them often. I credit my love for books to my parents, who regularly read to me when I was little.  I still remember them asking me to choose a book from my shelf and then trying to hide a grimace when I picked the same book for the third night in a row!  But it was through this repetition that I was able to follow along with the words as they read them out loud… and eventually read them by myself.
  • Bring your kids to the library and have them pick out their own books for you to read to them or, for a twist, to have them read to YOU!  Maybe find some craft or cookbook and have them read the directions to you at home while you work on a project together.
  • If you have a school-age child, set aside a small block of time each day for reading. During this time, encourage your child to read something that he or she will enjoy.  Even if it’s a comic book or a book of sports statistics, it doesn’t matter as long as they are reading.  This should be a fun time for them, as it will only reinforce an appreciation for reading.
  • Kids love to imitate adults, so if you want your child to read, it’s also very important that they see you reading, too.  Again, it doesn’t matter if it’s a book, a newspaper, or the Garanimals blog, as long as you are reading.  And treat your reading materials with respect so that your child also respects his books.

Your child may not immediately take to reading, but it’s important to keep encouraging them.  Just as Dr. Seuss quips in I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!, “The more that you read, the more things you will know.  The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

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