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.

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