*** Read aloud with your child –
Twenty minutes a day is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, but if you don’t have twenty minutes, read anyway! Read a few poems together in five minutes. (My children loved Shel Silverstein.) What’s important is to expose our children to print and to allow them to hear the beauty and rhythm of strong narrative.
We’re not sounding out words here; we’re sharing wonderful stories!
Make read-aloud time special. Flop on pillows. Make hot chocolate…or…
Read with expression and be versatile. Take turns reading. Have each family member bring one book to share.
*** Be a Reading Mentor
Does your child see you reading? How many books are in your home? If you can’t afford a lot of new books, you can still have a shelf full of library books. My library allows me to check out 30 at a time!
*** Connect Children to the real people behind the books
It’s important for children to know there are real people and real artists behind the wonderful stories you’re sharing. Children should know that telling stories is something any of us can do.
Bring an author to visit your school on a special “Author’s Day”.
Take your child to the bookstore when an author visits.
Visit the website of a favorite author and learn about him/her.