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Tips for Reading at Home to Young Children
If you want your child to become a reader, it is important that you read to him (or her) at home. Here are some simple shared-reading tips:
Find a nice cozy spot and settle down for a special reading time. Be certain your child can see the pictures and words in the book you are sharing. Talk about the title and illustration on the cover of the book. Ask if he can guess what the story is about.
Stop and ask questions: "Why did he do that?" or "What do you think will happen next?" It's good to ask questions that begin with "Why?" or "How?" because they are more challenging and encourage your child to think.
Ask a few more questions: "Did you like this story?", "Why?", "What was your favorite part?" Of course, these are just suggestions. The main goal is to sit down and enjoy a book together. Hopefully, it will become your favorite time of day!
One more important thing:
Go to the public library. Take your child to get his OWN LIBRARY CARD! I tell my students a library card is one of the best deals they will ever get! Once you get your library cards, visit the library OFTEN. Then you and your child will always have great books to read at home.