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  • Writer's pictureThe Read Aloud Project

How to raise a Reader

1. Read to and with your children for 30 minutes every day. It is very important to read out loud to your children before they start school. Help your children to read with you. Ask them to find letters and words on the page and talk with your children about the story.

2. Talk with infants and young children before they learn to read. Talk with your children all day long, using short, simple sentences. Talking with them even before they can speak will help them later when they learn to read and write.

3. Help your children to read on their own. Reading at home helps children do better in school. Have lots of children’s books in your home and visit the library or bookstore every week. Help your children get their own library cards and let them pick out their own books.

4. If your child has a developmental delay, your child may find reading frustrating. Use technology to support reading such as audio books on a device, audio recording yourself reading a book so your child can read along, or app that highlight words as they read them aloud.

5. Help your child to see that reading is important. Suggest reading as a free-time activity. Make sure your children have time in their day to read. Set a good example for your children by reading newspapers, magazines, and books in front of your child. If you are reading on a device, make it evident that you are reading.

6. Setup a reading area in your home. Keep books that interest your children in places where they can easily reach them. As your children become better reader, make sure that you add harder books to your collection.

7. Give your children writing materials. Children want to learn how to write. Give them writing materials to support this and help develop their skillset which will help them read better.

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