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Reading to Children

No doubt, your local libraries and book stores have story times set aside in their schedules and you may have been to some of them.  Have you ever watched and observed how the reader is interacting? Are they lively? Are they interesting? Can they read? Chances are if the reader is boring you they are even more boring to a young child.

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If you are content to stay close to home or do this yourself, here are a few tips for reading to your younger children, selecting titles and making the time interesting. Don’t worry about what other adults will think, this is about the kids.

Previewing the books – Just like any movie, you should preview or read your younger child’s books to make sure you approve of the content. Just because it is in the children’s section does not mean that all content is appropriate or accepted by all parents. So prepare yourself for the reading and make sure you can get into the story.

Allow your children to choose – Since you are previewing, give your child some choices of selected titles. Preview 5 – 6 books at the library or bookstore with your children and give them 2-3 choices from your selected options.

Be Creative and Animated – Be expressive when you read to your children. They love it. They want you to be silly and happy, so get into the book. Go to your imagination, dress up, use props and be a kid again. Your child will remember the story and you will make a great connection with your child.

Ask your child questions – Ask your child during the story and after the story to be sure they understood what was read to them. Ask them to tell you about the story.

Again these are all tips that can help your younger children get into reading , they will feel they have made a choice for themselves, they will remember the story because of how you read it to them and they will make a connection with you. Have fun reading with your children!

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