(From The MAILBOX Bookbag •
questions while reading together. "What do you think will happen
uy books as
gifts for birthdays, Christmas, Hanukkah, or other holidays.
what is happening in the book and how it relates to everyday
everything and read. Set aside 20 minutes a day during which the
whole family reads.
illustrations in detail. Select books that have large, bright
that interest your child. Make suggestions, but don't turn
reading into work.
when your child gets stuck on a word.
Smile and enjoy the story. Read with a slow, relaxed voice and
child to the bookstore. Take time to lounge in the chairs and
browse the books.
oin in your
child's reading successes. Celebrate every small step with
ids love to
receive mail. Send your child a magazine subscription in an area
that interests him or her.
earn to read
with, and not just to, your child daily. Read aloud, share
ideas, and answer questions.
Share with your child, whether you're reading for information or
your child to read. If you're both too tired or discouraged to
read, take a break.
your child a variety of reading materials, such as books,
magazines, cereal boxes, comics, and newspapers.
elements, draw conclusions, and retell the story with your
child at the end of a story. Informally, of course!
to familiarize your child with words and to build
recite poetry, and do fingerplays to help develop language and
ry to help
your child understand that it's okay to make mistakes.
that reading is developmental and that it takes time and
practice to become fluent.
local library on a regular basis. Sign your child up for his or
her own library card.
wordless picture books into your collections.
conversation and allow the nonreader to create his or her own
patience when your child is selecting books. Your support is
ou are the
most important person in helping your child develop a lifelong
love of reading.
readers are the result of supportive and nurturing role models.