Making the Most of Reading to or with Your Children: Part 1--Intro

Reading is important skill for children to learn. As a parent, you can have a great deal of influence on your children. This four-part series aims to provide you with ideas that can help you and your children look forward to reading time.

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A child's early education begins at home with their families, long before they enroll in preschool or kindergarten. Providing a supportive home environment during a child's formative years is essential to their future successes in and out of the classroom . By introducing letters, words, reading, and writing to your child, you can help to create a strong foundation for your child's academic career. Here are some ideas that will help you get started:

Read Together

Take the time to sit down and read together every day. Teach your child conjunctions, and while you are reading to your child, have them read the conjunctions as you go along. This not only helps to create an enjoyment of reading, but it builds important early developmental reading skills.

Enjoy Educational Programs

Watching educational programs, such as Sesame Street, can help your child to develop stronger reading skills. This program, and others like it, encourage learning letters, words, and telling stories.

Listen to Your Child Read

As your child continues to grow and his or her reading becomes more sophisticated, have your child read books aloud to you. This makes a child feel mature and gives him or her the chance to showcase their newfound skills.

Taking the time to develop your child's reading habits and skills early on in their life will not only lay a strong educational foundation, it will also build important and lasting memories between you and your child.

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