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Reading aloud to young children before they start school is the single most important thing you can do to help them get ready to learn to read.  Sometimes it is best to just read and let your child listen to the rhythm and flow of the language.  During repeated readings, children learn more when they are actively involved.  Here are some good ways to encourage your child to participate.

Make reading aloud fun.  Make sure you find a story you both can enjoy.  Create different voices for different characters.  Read with enthusiasm. 

Create a routine.  Read-aloud time can be a great time to connect with your child and relax at the end of the day. 

Continue reading even as children get older.  Studies have shown that listening skills are stronger than reading skills until about the eight grade.  15 to 20 minutes of reading a day helps reading skills continue.

Enjoy those favorites  Children enjoy the predictability of knowing what comes next,  and they can learn all the words as they hear them again and again. 

Talk about the book.  Let your child ask questions about the story too.  Leave time for children to look at the illustrations and tell you what they see.

Visit your public library or create a home library.

 

Information from Raising Kids Who Read Y tip sheets.  One of the developmental assets that helps young people thrive is "Reading for Pleasure." 

 

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