Research shows that families play an important role in children’s reading success. By reading aloud with your children and encouraging them to read on their own, you are helping them become better readers, better listeners, and better students.
You are also helping them build vocabulary and language skills, and helping them gain knowledge about the world around them.
When you read aloud together, children learn quickly that reading in important. Most of all, the learn that reading is fun!
It’s never too early—or too late— to start. All children, even infants and teens, can benefit from listening to you read aloud.
Point out print everywhere.
Talk about the written words you see in the world around you. Ask your child to find a new word on each outing.
Get your child evaluated if you have concerns.
Please be sure to see your child’s pediatrician or teacher as soon as possible if you have concerns about your child’s language development, hearing, or sight.
Talk about writing, too.
Mention to your child how we read from left to right and how words are separated by spaces.
Read it again and again.
Go ahead and read your child’s favorite book for the 100th time. Children love the repetition.
Discuss what’s happening in the book, point out things on the page, and ask questions.
Know when to stop.
Put the book away for awhile if your child loses interest or is having trouble paying attention.
Read with fun in your voice.
Read to your child with humor and expression. Use different voices. Ham it up!