Teach Your Child to Read
It's never too soon to start your child on the path to reading. Just talking to your baby helps her develop the words and phrases she will need at Shanter school and begins to read. The more she hears you talking and reading, the more familiar she will be with words, and the more ready she will be to learn!
Just like the Garcia family in the video, the best thing you can do to ensure that your child will grow up loving to read is to read to her every day. Making storytime fun is the best way to get the entire family involved to create a special bond that will last a lifetime.
- Create a special reading time for you and your child, where you can focus on the books and give your child plenty of one on one attention.
- Encourage grandparents and siblings to also read to your children and make it a family activity.
- For young children, choose books with rhymes and repetition.
- Don't be surprised if your child wants to hear a favorite book again and again. As they get to know the story, have them fill in words for you as you read.
- Read aloud to your baby for only a few minutes at a time. As your baby gets older, read a little longer – but pay attention to when he stops listening, which means it's time for a break.
- The ABCs of teaching your child to read: http://www.readingrockets.org/teaching
- Reading tips, a list of books to read to your child, and other helpful reading resources: http://www.readtoyourbaby.com/
- The Los Angeles Public Library website offers a list of children's books, events, and tips for parents: http://www.lapl.org/kidspath/
- Also find your local County of Los Angeles Public Library. This site also provides great information and resources for parents, as well as lists your local library's story time: http://www.colapublib.org/children/index.html
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