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9 Tips to Help Your Child Enjoy Reading With You

Submitted by on October 7, 2013 – 2:45 pmNo Comment

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Tips To Help You Enjoy Reading With Your Child

by Guest post by Kids ‘R’ Kids of Dallas/Fort Worth

As a parent you likely desire the very best for your child with education being a high priority. While school is an excellent place for learning, much of education begins at home, especially in regards to reading. The benefits of reading with your child are countless, such as developing a higher aptitude for learning, enhanced concentration and discipline, basic speech skills, mastery of language, and building a stronger relationship with you, to name a few. Reading together can become a much-anticipated part of the day or week.

Here are 9 tips that will help you and your child get the most enjoyment out of reading together:

1. Choose the right time. Trying to impose reading time as though it were a daily duty will not be beneficial. If you or your child are feeling tired, wait until another time of the day.

2. Give undivided attention. Resist the urge to answer any phone calls or texts. Turn off the radio, computer and television and be present with your child.

3. Make it fun. Try to make reading time a fun experience for you and your child. This is best accomplished by your attitude being light-hearted and relaxed.

4. Become aware of your child’s interests. Know the kinds of books your child enjoys most. Consult their teacher, preschool, or child care professional for insights. Take a trip to the public library to show your child the wide variety of books and see what they are drawn to.

5. Let your child choose. Encourage your child to pick out the books they want to read.

6. Involve your child when you read. Point to pictures in the book as you say a word or ask your child to point to objects they recognize. Get your child to join you in reading recurring sentences: “Run, run, as fast as you can.”  Ask your child open-ended questions about the story: “What do you think will happen next?”  Help relate the story to their own experiences: “Has that ever happened to you?”

7. Help develop a sense of sequencing. Developing a sense of sequencing in space and time will help them think logically through the questions and answers to “what happened first, second, third…”

8. Read at the pace of your child’s interest in the story. Children often like to create their own “side-road” stories, becoming more fascinated with what happens along the way than with the story’s ending. By paying attention, you can change your reading pace based on your child’s interest in particular aspects of the story.

9. Find a cozy place to read. Let your child cuddle up beside you or sit in your lap while you read with them. The warm, loving feelings you convey are more important than the content of the story.

As a parent, helping your child develop a love for reading is one of the most profitable things you can do to boost their learning potential. Making time to read with your child also enables you to learn more about your child and their interests, as well as gives you quality time together. No matter how old your child is, from infancy on, sitting down together with a book has great rewards.

Kids ‘R’ Kids believes that happy, loved, connected children are destined for success in every facet of their lives. Our most cherished principle, “Hug First, Then Teach,” defines every aspect of who we are at Kids ‘R’ Kids. When it comes to teaching, Kids ‘R’ Kids understands the importance of involving families with their child’s developmental milestones and accomplishments. We hope you will drop by for a tour at one of our 12 locations in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. You will find a list of our locations on www.dfwkidsrkids.com.

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