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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Build your child's literacy skills while keeping it fun for both of you. 9 Fun and Effective Ways to Read with Children Experts believe that reading to your child every day is one of the most important things parents can do." At bedtime, encourage your child to read. Offer a choice between reading or sleeping. Most kids will choose to read, as long as you don't offer something more tempting (like TV). Encourage your child to read different types of books, articles, or stories. Some kids, especially boys, prefer nonfiction books. Otherslike children's magazines. Once your child can read, have him or her read aloud to you every day. You can take turns you read one page and your child the next. Help your child make connections between what he or she reads in books and what happens in life. If you're reading a book about a family, for example, talk about how what happens in the story is the same or different from what happens in your family. When watching a television show with your child, try turning on the closed captioning channel. This shows the words the characters are speaking on the television screen. Some people find it's a good way to learn English! Explain that punctuation is a way to show how we talk. You can say, for example, "When we talk, we usuallypause a little bit at the end of a sentence. The way we show this in writing is to use a period." Find ways to encourage your child to keep reading. If he or she likes one book, find another book with a similar subject or by the same author. Ask a librarian or teacher for book suggestions. If your child asks a question, stop and answereven if it interrupts the story. Find ways to talk about how the story relates to your child's life. Ask them questions too! Many children memorize stories they've heard many times. Let your child take a turn "reading" the book to you.
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