Friday, March 02, 2007

For the love of reading

Happy Friday Everyone

Well it is the start of the weekend and we are into a brand new month. Cassie and I decided that the theme for the March blogs and newsletters is going to be about learning and specifically how we can help our children to love all types of learning.

More than having them practice their spelling words or doing their math drills, learning involves getting your children to question who they are and the part that they will play in the big world they live in. You as the parent are the greatest teacher of all and whether you realize it or not your children are learning by your example. One wonderful gift that you can give to your children is to help them develop a love of reading, as reading will help ensure academic success later in life.

Here are some tried and true ways to help your child learn to love to read:

---- Read to your child at an early age, the younger the better. Even little babies love to be read to and you can start with picture books for the wee ones describing the pictures and pointing to them such as look at the big yellow bus or the big juicy red apple. In this way your children will develop a love of words.

·---- Read to your child every day even if they already know how to read well; and try to develop a daily family reading schedule where everyone reads together for a minimum of 15 minutes. Make sure it is in a quiet area of the house, away from the distraction of the television or other noises.

·---- When you read out loud to your children make it fun by singing the words such as when you are reading rhymes or poetry and try changing your voice for the different characters and emphasizing certain words and phrases.

Finally let your children see you read as much as possible and show them how much you truly enjoy reading.

Happy Reading


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