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Help Your Children Succeed By Reading To Them

What is one of the most important things parents can do to help their children succeed in life? It is reading. Reading to your child gets high marks on the ‘success’ list.

If you want your children to have a good shake at succeeding at life, one of the best things you can do is to encourage them to read. Reading is that one skill essential in all areas of achievement. Some children love to read, they do not need encouragement or nagging. Other children may need that extra push to open a book.

It helps to start reading to your child when he or she is an infant. While nothing can guarantee that you little ones will love reading, you can help to guide them in the right direction. Read aloud to your children often. Start reading to your children when they are babies, and keep reading as they grow up. As you read, talk with your child. Encourage them to ask questions and to talk about the story. Ask them to predict what will come next.

Set aside quiet time for family reading. Some families even enjoy reading aloud to each other, with each family member choosing a book, story, poem or article to read to the others. Encourage your children to read on their own. Children who spend at least 30 minutes a day reading for fun develop the skills to be better readers at school. A reminder that September is Library Card Sign Up Month and the American Library Association reminds us that a library card is a most important school supply.

Some things you can do to help your child enjoy reading:

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