Reading with Your Child
With Your Child Important? Reading
- stimulates your child's imagination
- develops your child's interest in reading and in books
- improves your child's listening skills
- builds vocabulary
- helps your child to understand stories and 'book language'
- creates a bond between you and your child
- provides your child with a positive role model
Set aside a time to read aloud to your child each evening!
- Read a favorite story more than once.
If your child asks for a story to be read again--Read it again! The repetition assists your child in gaining word recognition, story sequence, vocabulary, story book language, etc. Most importantly, your child is enjoying the story!
- Focus on enjoyment.
Choose stories that both of you will enjoy. Think about what your child's favorite things are or what they like to do.
- Read from a variety of genres.
Read traditional tales and rhymes such as The Little Red Hen and 'Old Mother Hubbard' as well as stories that play with language such as Dr. Seuss' ABC's. Also, don't forget about stories that you can sing such as The Five Little Ducks by Raffi. Books with lots of repetition, predictability, and rhyme are perfect for young readers!