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Ideas for Reading Together

How can I inspire my child to read?

Encourage reading in your home. Set an example by reading in front of your child. Create a special space in your home where you can read together.

Spend 30 minutes each day reading togetherWhen reading with your child, ask your child to describe what is going on in the scene or happening in the story. Ask them to predict what will happen next.

Sign your child up for a library card. A library card is free and essential for your child to gain access to countless of books. Then attend library events. Most libraries hold weekly or monthly events, such as story times, that you and your child can attend together.

Become involved at their school. Communicate regularly with your child’s teacher to help monitor his or her progress, and ask what you can do at home to support their reading.

Applaud your child for reading. Reward your child for reading a certain number of books or finishing a challenging book just as you would other activities such as basketball or piano.

Give books as presents. Give books as a gift, especially on topics your child will love, to encourage and support their interests.

Help your child write their own stories. Encourage your child to write stories based on his or her experiences or favorite characters from other books, movies or TV shows.

Make flashcards to learn new words. Help your child study new vocabulary words or create colorful bookmarks to mark his or her place.

Take your child to the eye doctor. Schedule an eye exam to ensure that any vision problems are promptly addressed.

Take turns reading books to each other. Try to read with silly voices!

Choose a word and ask your child to listen as you say it slowly, stretching out the sounds. Have your child say the word at regular speed. Start with short, two-sound words, and work your way up to longer words. Once your child has gotten some practice, switch roles.

Practice storytelling on the go! Take turns adding to a story the two of you make up while riding in a car or bus. Try making the story funny or spooky.

Have your child use a finger to trace a letter while saying its sound. Do this on paper, in sand or on a plate of sugar.

Print or write the lyrics from some of your child’s favorite songs. Have your child read the lyrics out loud and sing them together.

Create a family history book. Fold pieces of paper in half and staple them to form the book. Ask your child to write sentences on each page about family members and add illustrations. Write some stories about your own childhood and illustrate them as well!