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Create Lifelong Readers

Moms are concerned about reading. There’s nothing worse than having the kid in the class who is last learning to read.

If you haven’t yet had a sleepless night of worry over how your kid is doing in school, it’s probably coming. And if there’s one thing you should be worried about, it’s whether your kid will be a good reader. But it’s time to stop worrying and get realistic.

How to Raise a Reader

Despite all the hype about reading, good schools, and how reading should be taught, raising a reader is easier than you might think. Your kid doesn’t need to be at the best school. You don’t need to be a qualified teacher. Just set aside time to read aloud to your kids.

The single most important activity for building the knowledge required for essential success in reading is reading aloud to children.” That’s the recommendation from the National Reading Panel, after an analysis of ten thousand research projects related to reading, back in 1985. When it comes to learning to read, not much has changed.

How and What to Read Aloud to Kids

To raise a reader, it’s essential that reading is enjoyable. And, to make reading fun, you have to have fun books. There are many ways to find fun books: visiting a book store; asking a librarian; and searching online for recommended book lists are all good ways.

As to how to read a story, if you need help with that, your best bet is to take your child regularly to a storytime. Almost all libraries and book stores have scheduled free story times for kids. These are great for teaching you how to engage your child while you read. You can also find ideas at YouTube. Here’s a video with some great thoughts on reading.

Snuggle Up and Read

Although bedtime is the favorite time to read to kids, there are many other times and places to read. Some parents read during meal times—with very active kids this can be a good option. Or, active kids are usually more willing to sit still for a story if they are snuggled up with mom, dad, granddad, or grandma.

Corners, tents, tree houses, and hammocks can all be good places to read. My kids used to have two types of books when they were little—story books for quiet, snuggle times with an adult & vocabulary books for active times and for looking at in the car. Bath books and stroller books are also great to add to your collection.

Start Reading Aloud & Don’t Stop

With the wealth of wonderful children’s books in the marketplace and stacks of books available for free from your library, there’s no reason not to read to kids. Start reading today and don’t stop. Read to your unborn baby, read to your infant, read to your toddler, read to your preschooler, read to your kid, and even read to your teen.

Reading is, and should be, fun. If it’s not fun, you’re reading the wrong stuff. And if you want some help on what to read, I have some ideas about how to find the best read aloud and early reader books.

This is a guest post by Alison Kerr. Allison is mom to two homeschooled teenagers, whom she still reads aloud to. She manages the book site GreatFunBooks.com and also writes about Nature, Gardening and Sustainability at Loving Nature’s Garden, where you can learn about Vegetable Gardening and more.

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