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Summer Reading Tips for Parents

Read early and read often. The early years are critical to developing a lifelong love of reading. It’s never too early to begin reading to your child! The tips below offer some fun ways you can help your child become a happy and confident reader. Try a new tip each week. See what works best for your child.

■ Read together every day.
Read to your child every day. Make this a warm
and loving time when the two of you can
cuddle close.

■ Give everything a name.
Build your child’s vocabulary by talking about
interesting words and objects. For example,
“Look at that airplane! Those are the wings of the
plane. Why do you think they are called wings?”

■ Say how much you enjoy reading.
Tell your child how much you enjoy reading
with him or her. Talk about “story time” as the
favorite part of your day.

■ Read with fun in your voice.
Read to your child with humor and expression.
Use different voices. Ham it up!

■ Know when to stop.
Put the book away for awhile if your child loses
interest or is having trouble paying attention.

■ Be interactive.
Discuss what’s happening in the book, point out
things on the page, and ask questions.

■ Read it again and again.
Go ahead and read your child’s favorite book for
the 100th time! Talk about writing, too. Mention
to your child how we read from left to right and
how words are separated by spaces.

■ Point out print everywhere.
Talk about the written words you see in the
world around you. Ask your child to find a new
word on each outing.

■ Get your child evaluated.
Please be sure to see your child’s pediatrician
or teacher as soon as possible if you have
concerns about your child’s language development,
hearing, or sight.