Reading to Your Child
- Try relaxing your family’s bedtime rules once a week on the weekend. Let your child know that he can stay up as late as he wants—as long as he’s reading in bed.
- Help your child start their own library—
paperback books are fine. Encourage your child to swap books with friends. Check used bookstores. Give books as gifts.
- Want your children to be good readers? Let them see you read. More students than ever have reported that their homes contained few or no reading materials.
- Try holding D-E-A-R times at your house. “DEAR” stands for “Drop Everything And Read.” During DEAR time, everyone in the family sits down for some uninterrupted reading time.
- With young children, try reading to them during bath time.
- Use the “Rule of Thumb” to see if a book is on your child’s reading level: Have your child read a page of the book aloud. Have her hold up one finger for each word she does not know. If she holds up four fingers and a thumb before the end of the page, the book is probably too hard for her to read alone. But it might be a great book to read aloud.