Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Make Reading Fun!
Reading aloud can be a lot of fun, not just for parents but for all family members. Here are some ways to get the most out of reading to your young child:
Read with drama and excitement! Use different voices for different characters in the story. Use your childs name instead of a characters name. Make puppets and use them to act out a story.
Re-read your childs favourite stories as many times as your child wants to hear them, and choose books and authors that your child enjoys.
Read stories that have repetitive parts and encourage your child to join in.
Point to words as you read them. This will help your child make a connection between the words he or she hears you say and the words on the page.
Read all kinds of material – stories, poems, information books, magazine and newspaper articles, and comics.
Encourage relatives and friends to give your child books as gifts.
Take your child to the library and look at interactive CD-ROMs and the Internet, as well as books.
Subscribe to a magazine for your child. He or she will love receiving mail!