+ Reading With Your Kids: Activities

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Some suggestions offered by Melinda Franklin and Constance Anderson (who also credit the Reading is Fundamental Web site at www.rif.org): 

  • Mealtimes: you might gather everyone before or after to read an imaginative story for a few minutes.
  • Beautiful day? Take the kids to a park, but take a book along!
  • Out to dinner? Take a book and read it while you’re waiting for food.
  • Visiting the doctor’s office? Long waits provide shared reading time…
  • Encourage interest-based reading, whatever it might be: visit a library or bookstore.
  • Keep a book in the car just in case.
  • Make a tent with a sheet and chairs for a “reading hideaway.”
  • Tell stories to stimulate a young child’s development; make it silly or true.  Singing songs also encourages language improvement.
  • Visit Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library at www.imaginationlibrary.com and see about getting your child a free book every month, sent to your house, until they are 5 years old!  (May not be available in all areas quite yet.)

Reading expert Jim Trelease has said

“The more you read, the better you get at it; the better you get at it, the more you like it; the more you like it, the better you do it.  And the more you read, the more you know; and the more you know, the smarter you grow.” 

 Check out his site  at   http://www.trelease-on-reading.com/

source: literacy news at www.literacynews.com; article submitted by Melinda Franklin and Constance Anderson, who teaches and is a grad student at the University of South Florida.  They are co-owners of http://www.tinytotboutique.com 

tutoring in Columbus OH:   Adrienne Edwards   614-579-6021   or email  aedwardstutor@columbus.rr.com


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