Reading To Your Child

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Research shows that reading to children not only opens their minds to information and learning, it also provides an easy way for you to spend some quality time with your child. Children who are read to at an early age, have been shown to have a much higher success rate in school. Spending just a few minutes a day, reading to your child, can make a big difference in academic performance and success.

Many parents believe that when children begin to read, it’s okay to stop reading to them. Technically, this is correct. However, the reader really should shift and take turns. When your child enters first grade, or becomes an independent reader regardless of the reading level, you should allow him to read to you, and take turns reading with him. This allows you to continue to have the quality reading time as well as provides reading practice.

Although having a schedule is helpful, you don’t have to have a set reading time. You should pick the time of day that works best for you and your child. Some parents like to read before bedtime, others before dinner time. The time really doesn’t matter as long as you read.

Although the bed may not be the best place to read, unless you’re reading a bed time story, you should pick a comfortable place where you can concentrate and you aren’t distracted by noise or other activities.

To work on comprehension skills, ask your child questions about what’s being read. You can pause while you’re reading, or wait until the end. Choose a variety of questions. Some can be factual, and others should require your child to think about the outcome or details in the story.

Take your child to the library or book store and let him select books he may want to read. If your child selects the book, he may be more eager to read it.

Reading to or with your child every day only takes a few moment. However, the benefits are great.

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