Making reading fun

Read-aloud Tips

October 17, 1999

Being considered your child's first teacher of reading may sometimes seem overwhelming to parents and caregivers. But remember, you have many advantages. Your young child naturally loves and trusts you, and (sometimes!) is an attentive audience that you can work with one-on-one. Trust your instincts, be patient, and provide plenty of encouragement, and you can make learning to read adventurous and fun!

Most importantly -- read, read, read books to your child. Many parents choose to read before bedtime, but any time of day is a good time for reading. Here are some suggestions for making reading a vital part of your child's day:

* Keep a library in your child's room to teach her that books are an important part of your home environment. Include colorful picture books, interactive books with exciting features, nursery rhymes and fairy tales, joke or riddle books.

* Select a regular reading place such as a rocking chair, a soft rug or a comfortable couch to create a warm and inviting environment. Whenever possible, hold your child in your lap as you read. Let her hold the book and turn the pages.

* Familiarize yourself with the book before reading it. This will make you a better storyteller. You can make the reading experience meaningful for your child by taking time to ask and answer questions, reading slowly and clearly, holding the book so your child can see the pictures and words, and making the story interesting with different character voices and sounds.

-- "The Read-Aloud Handbook"

by Jim Trelease

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