Reading well is at the heart of all learning. Children who can't read well can't learn. Parents are the first and most important link to building strong reading skills and encouraging a love for books in their children. Here are some tips to help your child develop an interest in reading:

    ·        Read to your child every day! Reading before bed is a great night-time routine, even for older children who can read by themselves.

    ·        Let your children see you reading. Don't save reading your books, magazines and newspapers until after they've gone to sleep.

    ·        Let your child choose the books to read. This gives him a chance to be an active part of his learning. Fiction titles are fine but non-fiction - biographies, science, and history are also great topics.

    ·        Don't get frustrated reading the same book over and over again. Children learn from repetition and enjoy hearing a story more than once.

    ·        As you read a story, stop and ask about the pictures and about what is happening in the story. Ask "what do you think will happen next? How do you think the main character feels now?"

    ·        Once your child can read independently, don't stop reading to her! Instead take turns reading to each other. You can also read longer chapter books. Don't interrupt to correct mistakes that do not change the meaning of the story.  

    ·        Visit your public library and help your child get a library card.

    ·        Help your child practice picking out their own books.

    ·        Talk about how you choose your books

    ·        Allow your child to call one of the three storylines provided by the Monroe County Library System

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