Read to Your Child

by admin2012 on October 31, 2012

The most important activity you can do with your child is READ.  You can read to her, read with her, and listen to her read.  Ten to twenty minutes every day, no excuses, will have a significant impact on your child’s reading skills.

When your child doesn’t know a word, help her sound it out or just tell your child the word and keep on reading.  At the end of a sentence, paragraph, or page you can go back to the word, reread it, and ask what the word means in the context of the story.

Talking about what you are reading while you are reading it is critical to developing good reading comprehension skills.  Ask you child questions, and, if she has difficulty answering, find the answer together by rereading the section in the book where the answer can be found.  Your child will learn the way that information is presented in stories and how to find information in texts.  She will also discover the sequence of stories – the order in which information or events occur as well as how stories are developed with beginnings, middles, and ends.

I challenge you to make the commitment to read with your child every night- no excuses- for a week, a month, a semester, a year.  Make the commitment, and you will see the difference.

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