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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
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