And even older kids read to youngsters—making characters come alive by changing the tone and volume of their voice.
But something goes wrong in the jump to “grown-up books”—known as the “classics,” says English teacher Amy Brecount White.
Older kids need help bringing words on pages to life, White says. Parents can promote active reading—and renew a love of reading—by doing these things:
Once a week, read something to your child from the newspaper. You will show that reading can be active and social.
Give your child books on tape. Or listen together as the professional readers use words to put pictures in your heads.
If your child complains about a book assigned in class, read the first part aloud to each other and talk about what you “see.”
Read whatever book your child is reading in class. You’ll find something interesting to discuss.
Turn off the TV one night a week. Read a book to your child that you liked when you were her age. Let her read something to you.
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