Thursday, January 13, 2011

Reading to Children

Reading to children can be fun, boring, monotonous, or downright excruciating depending on what the adult puts into the reading.  If the adult has a good time with the book, so with the child.  Don't be afraid to be silly.  Act out the story, especially if reading orally is difficult.  It is not important the child see that the adult knows all the words.  It is important that the child connect with the story and the adult.  The best way to do that is to paraphrase or act out the story.  The child will have a blast, enjoy the story, and have a long lasting memory of a special bond between himself and a significant adult.

Reading to children is very important for several reasons.
  • It demonstrates the importance of reading.
  • It helps develop language skills.
  • It gives information on a variety of subjects.
  • It promotes family relationships.
  • It improves reading comprehension.
The American Library Association provides a list of reading material to help parents know where to begin.  There are also inexpensive Reading Clubs for children that provide new books on a regular basis.  V Tech makes an electronic reader for children with bright colored pictures.

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It doesn't matter how well you read or what you read to your child.  Just read and have a fun.
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