Helpful Hints for Parents

“You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child."
-Dr. Seuss

The only way for a child to get better at reading is for them to READ! Parents can help in many ways:

  1. Let your child see you reading. If they know that you enjoy it, they will be more likely to want to enjoy it as well.
  2. Read with your child. Let them read a recipe to you while you cook. Allow them to read a bedtime story to a younger brother/sister. Take turns reading a story together before bed.
  3. Use car time to have your children read to you. There's no computer or television to interfere. No one can get up and leave. And kids know they really have your ear.
  4. Help your child start a home library; paperback books are fine. Encourage your child to swap books with friends. Check used book stores. Give books as gifts.
  5. Try holding D-E-A-R times at your house. "DEAR" stands for "Drop Everything and Read." During DEAR time, everyone in the family sits down for some uninterrupted reading time.
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