Tips for Parents to Encourage Reading
- Read to your child. Try to read to your child every day. Read from a wide variety of materials and books.
- Encourage writing. Encourage your child to scribble and pretend write if they are young. Encourage older children to write stories and letters and share them with the family. Have writing materials readily available.
- Have reading material at home. Have a wide variety of books, children's magazines, and newspapers available for children to read or look at.
- Get your child a library card and take your child to the library and bookstores. Go to the public library or local bookstore frequently. Enjoy looking at different books and checking new ones out often.
- Control the television. Turn off the TV and have quiet times for reading. Watch shows that can help your child learn about specific subjects, which will increase their background knowledge and help them when they read about those subjects.
- Encourage conversation. Talk to your child often about a wide variety of things. Talk about family issues, the world, animals, hobbies, and their reading.
- Value school and learning. Visit your child's class and act interested in your child's stories about school. Praise your child's academic achievement.
- Do many informal educational activities. Visit zoos, museums, different places. Have your child cook, draw, and paint. Try to offer your child a wide range of opportunities and experiences.
- Have your child read aloud. Have your child read aloud to you and other family members. Help with mistakes and if the book seems too difficult, find an easier book for them to read. A good test is called the five-finger rule. If your child stumbles over five or more words on a single page, then the book is too difficult for them.
- Model reading. Read yourself and let your child see you reading.
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