Reading books with your child can support language development and learning in many ways.  Incorporating some of these tips can help develop your child's reading skills.
1. Provide a consistent time and place to read together.
2. Practice at least 3 to 4 nights a week for at least 20 minutes.
3. Listen to your child read aloud.
4. Talk with your child's teacher; know what has been assigned.
5. Have your child bring home his class reader; other class books, and library books so that you can listen to your child read the day's assigned reading.
6. Wait before helping your child when he/she makes a mistake.
7. Praise your child for correcting himself/herself and using clues to figure out words on their own.
8. Provide help without telling them the word if they are unsuccessful at first.
9. Make time to read aloud together often.
10. Keep a variety of reading materials available throughout your home and let your child see you reading.  Be a role model.
11. Remember reading for pleasure is ALWAYS BELOW PRESENT GRADE LEVEL.  (Do you read books at college level?) Help your child select books 1 or 2 grades below their present grade level.  Look at the back of the book for the R.L. (reading level).
Created on 6/14/2009 - Last updated on 11/14/2009