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Read Aloud Tips

February 10, 1999

There are plenty of ``Do's'' when it comes to reading aloud to your child. Here are some ``Don'ts.''

* Don't start a reading if you won't have enough time to do it justice. Having to stop after one or two pages only serves to frustrate, rather than stimulate, the child'sinterest in reading.

* Don't be unnerved by questions during the reading, particularly from very young children. Answer their questions patiently. Don't put them off. Don't rush your answers. There is no time limit for reading a book but there is a time limit on a child's inquisitiveness. Foster that curiosity - then resume your reading.

- Taken from ``The Read-Aloud Handbook,'' by Jim

Trelease, Penguin Book, 1982

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