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Reading Tips For Your Child

Apr 07, 2020

Reading is very important to your child’s development. It can help improve memory, concentration, and much more—just to name some of the reasons.

If you’re looking for ways to help your child with reading, or to make reading a bigger part of his or her life, see below to learn more.

Reward Reading

Set goals for how often or how much your children should read. When they meet those goals, treat them to something like a sleepover with friends or a movie night.

Make Reading Fun

Studies have shown that children learn better when they’re having fun. Social interaction when reading to your child helps. Try to change your voice with each character, explain the pictures, or have your child draw their own pictures for the story.

Let Them See You Reading

Observation is a powerful learning tool for children. Seeing you read and write is healthy for their growth and development.

It’s Never Too Early to Start

Toddlers and older children will absorb more, but babies too love to hear your voice when you’re reading. You can look at board books for children ages newborn to three, and at picture or novelty books for ages three to eight.

Check out some reading programs and places to get free books near you to get started!

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