Sunday, June 13, 2010

Just a thought.......

Book reading is a special time for parents to share with their children. Not only can it be a time where you can feel close to your child, but it also provides an opportunity to help explore interesting new places and situations. The earlier you begin reading and tell stories to your child, the sooner reading will become an enjoyable part of his or her life! Here are some suggestions for making reading time a bit more fun for you and your child.
* Try to be face to with your child when you read.
* Let your child “read” the book the way he or she wants to. Don’t worry if you aren’t reading all of the words on the page! Your child may be interested in quickly flipping through the pages or concentrating on a particular picture.
* Give your child a chance to take a turn when reading books. This means you don’t have to do all of the talking. Give your child a chance to take a turn as you read the book.
* Stress important and interesting words. Add sound effects that your child will enjoy, like the sounds of animals and cars.
* Don’t feel you have to read fast in order to get the whole story completed. By slowing down you give your child a chance to better understand the words and concepts in the story. You are also giving your child more of a chance to take his or her own turn.
* Point out pictures or use gestures and sounds to help your child better understand the words of the story.
* Repeat, repeat, repeat! Even though your may be tired of a story doesn’t mean that your child is. Children love to hear the same stories over and over again. This helps children improve their vocabularies and supports concept development. Remember that practice makes perfect!

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