First, kids who read a lot become better readers. Second, reading and writing skills complement each other. Third, parents influence how well kids read.
For all these reasons—and many more—it’s important to encourage reading at home. Try these ideas:
Set a good example by reading yourself. Talk about the things you’re reading and recommend interesting material to your child.
Keep magazines, newspapers and books around the house. Once in a while, surprise your child with a special book about one of his hobbies.
Plan activities that involve reading. Try a new recipe, build something that requires instructions, or do research at the library.
Choose a regular time for family reading. You might let kids read in bed or set aside one night a week for reading.
Write notes to your child about a book you’re reading. Ask her to write back to you.
Have your child pick a book to read to a younger sibling. Perhaps she remembers one she used to enjoy.
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