We Love to Read!

One way to help foster a love of reading is to set aside time each night to read. Experts recommend reading with your child 20 minutes every day. This can be overwhelming to accomplish, but here are a few tips to get you started!
Try reading one book in the morning or as soon as your kids get home from school. Starting your bedtime routine a little earlier can also create more time for books.
Don’t be afraid to mix up your routine with reading! Snuggle up on the couch, plop them on your lap, or even sit outside. Read with a flashlight under the blankets, use silly voices, take turns reading the pages.
Another way to enhance your child’s reading experience is to introduce popular book characters to your child. Some of the popular picture book characters for kindergarten are Pete the Cat, Clifford, Little Critter, the Pigeon series, and the Berenstain Bears. Short chapter books are also wonderful at this age, such as the Elephant and Piggie series, Junie B. Jones, and The Magic Treehouse.
Having favorite book characters not only fosters a love of reading, but students are able to begin understanding character traits as well. When students love a character, they want to read those books often and they quickly become avid readers.
Lastly, help your child “create” some books you know they will want to read. You can take a cheap photo album from the dollar store and fill one side with a picture and the other side with a simple, patterned sentence. For instance, you could put a picture of grandma on one side and have the sentence say, “I love Grandma.”
We hope these reading tips come in handy and have fun reading!

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