Research shows that children who read books for just 20 minutes a day perform better in school. Here are some great ways to get your child reading!
- Set aside a reading time. Pick a time that is good for everyone. It may be at bedtime or after homework.
- Pick a reading place. Get in a comfortable place to enjoy reading.
- Read together. One person can read the book, or people can take turns.
- Involve and engage listeners. Point out the title, author, and illustrator. Ask questions like, "What do you think this story is going to be about?" or '"What do you think will happen next?" Use exciting voices to engage listeners as you read.
- Fill your home with reading materials. Place books, magazines, newspapers, cookbooks, and more throughout your house so that your child is surrounded by things to read.
- Get caught reading yourself. When your child sees you read, he/she will be inspired to read.
- Older siblings can read to younger siblings. This will help the reader gain confidence.
- Keep favorite books around. Practice rereading your favorite books over and over again.