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Not surprisingly, the number one thing that parents can do to help their children become good readers is reading to them!  Here are some other ways you can help your child acquire reading skills.
  • Take time to listen to your child and answer his/her questions.
  • Sing and recite nursery songs and rhymes together. 
  • Read something to yourself every day, showing your child that reading is important. 
  • Get library cards for you and your child.  Take your child to the library regularly and pick out books for both of you. 
  • Look at books and magazines together, talking about what you see and read. 
  • Ask your child to tell you a story or to describe something he/she has done or seen. 
  • Write down what your child tells you and read back the “story” exactly as it was dictated. 
  • Give your child his/her own bookshelf (or a box or a drawer) to hold books.
  • Carefully select the TV programs your child watches, and limit TV viewing so that there is at least equal time for reading. 
  • Praise your child’s efforts and accomplishments so that he or she will have self-confidence and zest for new learning experiences. 

    Esther Schak
    Parent Educator, Saint Paul ECFE 


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