Here are some tips that might help nurture that growing reader:
- Read with your child.
- Make sure they have plenty to read.
- Bring them to the library and let them choose what they would like to read.
- Respect their choices.
- Notice what interests them, and then help them find books about those things. Any of the librarians can help, too.
- Tell stories. This is a great way to pass on family history and build your children’s listening and thinking skills.
- Go places and do things with your children to build their background knowledge and vocabulary. This gives them a basis for understanding what they read.
- Be a reading role model. You can share and discuss what you read with your child.
- Not all reading takes place between the covers of a book. What about menus, road signs, or food labels? Magazines can often help reluctant readers improve; the shorter articles don’t seem overwhelming.
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