Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Read to Your Child Everyday

One of the best gifts you can give to your children is the gift of reading. Reading to preschoolers helps lead to success in kindergarten and throughout life. The most important thing that influences reading is having someone read to children on a regular basis.

Set an example for your children by reading everyday. Children who see their parents reading tend to be better readers themselves. Being a good parent requires consistency, support, and the ability to set forth a good example for your children to follow. The best way to encourage your children to read is to show them that reading is important to you. Take a trip to the Library and pick out your favorite books together. The Children’s Librarian would be happy to show you the board books, beginner readers, picture books, and much more. If your children observe you enjoying reading, they will likely begin to imitate the act themselves. You may catch your children reading to their toys or friends. They may even pick up a book and make up a great story to read to you out loud. Encourage this type of activity. Your children are learning to read this way, even if they do not recognize the words.

Find ways to show your children that you value reading. Set aside a family reading time. Every member of the family should find something to read. After reading, share what you read. This encourages family discussion and togetherness. It also helps children increase their comprehension and summarizing skills. Also have story time with your children everyday or at night before going to bed. This will certainly help your children become successful readers.

Don’t forget preschoolers and kindergarteners may join us at the Armstrong Library every Wednesday, 10:00-10:30 am for story time in the Children’s Department.

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