Getting Children Ready To Read
* Read and recite nursery rhymes often!! It is important for them to hear the patterns in words. Leave off the last word and see if they can come up with a word that rhymes!
* Read to your child daily - even for only 15 minutes. Read the newspaper, magazines, cookbooks, take-out menus...and of course his/her favorite stories.
* Take them to storytelling at the public library. Make a big deal about getting a library card and visit the library often.
* Create a reading area in your home with a bookshelf filled with his/her room favorite books and a special, comfy chair. Give books as gifts often to add to the shelf.
* Don't measure the number of books read, but the time spent reading.
* Try and get them hooked on a series or favorite author. Go to the bookstore and let them browse or describe your child's interests to the salesperson. They will be able to give you choices.
* Set a good example. Show them your love of reading and let them see you with a good book or with a newspaper or magazine. Talk about something you have read and tell them about your favorite book growing up.
* Don't make reading feel like a chore. Make it fun and they will love the time shared with you.