Child Reading

By Vanessa Rasmussen, © 2004, All rights reserved.

Reading aloud to your child is one of the most enjoyable and important things you can do to ensure that your child is happy, healthy and successful. Children at the age of two to three who have been read to several times a day, did substantially better in kindergarten at the age of 4 and 5 than youngsters whose parents read to them a few times a week or less often. The emergence of things like the internet and television has in some instances stolen the time that might be spent reading with children.

Reading to young children encourages and fosters creative thinking skills, promotes reading as an enjoyable activity, provides an educational opportunity for children to grow and develop mentally, gives children an appreciation and respect for books, enhances language and vocabulary development, and allows for quality family time, among other things. Share your thoughts and use your imaginations as you enjoy some great stories together.

Following are some tips for reading with children

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