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Connie McCarthy is passionate about her work as a teacher of young children. She has devoted her entire career to making sure that her students do well at school, right from the start. Connie has an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education, and a Master’s Degree in Special Education. She has been teaching first grade in East Providence, R.I. for 23 years, where she received the distinction of “Highly Qualified Teacher” by the Rhode Island State Board of Regents. Connie also taught nursery school for four years, and published numerous articles on early education in East Bay Newspapers in Bristol, R.I. She’s also been published in PTO Today Magazine. She lives with her husband, Brian, and has a daughter and a son, both young adults. Connie enjoys reading, writing about elementary education, and taking long walks with friends. During summer vacations, she likes to travel with her husband. She also loves reading readers’ comments on her weekly blog posts.

Six Simple Ideas to Encourage your Child to be a Good Reader

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Book on lapThis week is one of my favorite weeks of the entire school year! This is "Reading Week," and every day we are celebrating the priceless joys of reading.

Here are six simple ideas to encourage your child to be a good reader.

  • Visit your local library often so that your child can choose their own books. Take advantage of free "story-times" that are held at most libraries.
  • Set a reading routine for your home. Read to your child at least once a day. Right before bed is a perfect time to wind down, and enjoy a good story together.
  • Keep your child’s books where they are easily accessible, on the lowest shelves, or in bins on their bedroom floor.
  • Let your child "catch" you reading! Modeling reading reinforces its importance. If you enjoy reading, your child most likely will too.
  • Encourage grandparents, family members, and friends to give books to your children on holidays and birthdays rather than toys.
  • Consider subscribing to a children’s magazine. Young children love receiving mail, and will look forward to articles and activities the magazine offers.

Encouraging reading is a simple thing, yet one that can have a positive impact on your child for life!


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