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Tips to Nurture the Love of Reading

 Students reading while laying on floorPlease instill a minimum of 20 minutes of reading time daily for your child when they come home from school. This Reading and Writing Parent Guide from Hanover Research contains some resources/ideas that foster the love of reading and writing. I especially love the tip about “not leaving the house unless your child has a book in their hands.”

Make Reading Fun and Read Every Day

Read your child’s favorite stories as often as he/she wants to hear them. Let him/her fill in the words for you. Read all kinds of materials: stories, poems, information books, magazines, newspapers and comics. Keep reading to your child even after he/she has learned to read. Make sure books aren’t too difficult. Don’t worry if they are a little easier than the ones they read in school.

Children love routine. Reading is something that you and your child can look forward to every day. Read with your child for at least 20 minutes a day. Choose a comfortable place to read where you can be close to your child. Have baskets of books everywhere, especially in the car instead of technology.

Set and Example and Talk about Books

You are your child’s most important role model! Read recipes, food labels, schedules, maps, instructions, traffic signs, signs in stores and restaurants to your child. Share greeting cards, letters and email messages from friends and relatives with your child. Talk about how you read at work or just for fun!

Talking about a book helps your child understand it and connect it to his own experiences. It also helps enrich your child’s vocabulary. Look at the cover and the title of a book and ask your child what he thinks might happen in the story.

Be Engaged with Your Child

Listen to your child read. Be enthusiastic and praise often. Be specific with the praise often. Show them you are enjoying the story by indicating interest and asking questions. Point out things on the page — like how the pictures illustrate the story and what the characters’ expressions mean. Ask questions about what’s happening. Be sure to take your child’s responses seriously and talk them through. Give your child time to figure out the new words and show them how they can learn from a mistake.

Create Your Own Library at Home and Visit the Library

Involve your child in making a library at home. It can be as simple as two chairs and a bookshelf. Let her decide on the books that go on the shelf. Don’t be surprised if she asks for a book she has read many times. Visit a used bookstore with your child and explore the adventures that $1.00 or $2.00 can buy!

Be a regular at your local library. Let your child get his own library card. Local libraries offer a variety of materials including books, magazines and newspapers-something for everyone. Many libraries will offer exciting programs to motivate children to read during the summer months. It is a great place to spend time together!