Just For Parents

March 12, 2000

Tips to Success

The Sun's readers tell their success stories and offer tips on encouraging children to read.

Kitchen helpers

"My kids help me with dinner by reading the recipe and directions for the meal I prepare. This also helped them to understand fractions by having them reduce or increase ingredients along with using measuring spoons and cups."

-- Mari Shoebotham

Columbia

Getting into the story

"I used to insert my child's first name into stories so they could more readily visualize the actions of the character. It was more exciting to imagine themselves in the story and kept their attention longer."

-- Jerry Klein

Owings Mills

Read a book each night

"When my daughter was able to sit up by herself and hold a book, I began to read to her. At the age of four, she began to read on her own. I first realized this when I skipped a word or mispronounced it, and she would correct me. It became a habit of ours to read a book every night before bedtime.

Cleo Edmonds

Baltimore

The Sun invites readers to send in tips about encouraging children to read, and we will print them on this page or on sunspot.net, our place on the Internet. Please include your name, town and daytime phone number. Send suggestions by fax to 410-783-2519; by e-mail to sun.features@baltsun.com; or by mail to Reading by 9 Parent Tips, The Sun, Features Department, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21278.

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