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Thursday, June 07, 2007

Summer Reading Hour

It is important during these upcoming summer months that your kids read, read, read. Reading with your child is a great way, not only to spend time quality time with them, but to spur creative thinking. Reading also helps children develop important language and vocabulary skills.

Competing for your child's attention against television, video games, and the internet may seem daunting, but in the end, the benefits you and your child will reap will definitely make it worth the effort. So here are a few tips on how to get your children reading and enjoying it.

Set a routine

Every day set aside a scheduled reading hour for your kids. Consistency is key! A set reading time is important for the same reasons that set nap times and set meal times are important. Routine gives your child a sense of security and predictability. If the transition into book time is a daily routine the whole event will be much easier and more enjoyable.

Limit distractions

Your child's imagination is a powerful and your child can be easily distracted. limit those distractions during reading time. It can be difficult, i.e. impossible, for your child to focus when Pokemon characters are battling for badges or the Care-bears are about to share. Create a quiet and comfortable area to read in away from the noise of the rest of the house. With the designated area your child will be able to focus on the book at hand.

Go to the Library

Take your child to the library. There are books on every subject
imaginable, there are even books based on their favorite TV shows.
However, do not limit your child to any specific type of book;
non-fiction is great for younger children trying to discover the world
around them. Fairytales and legends are great to help spark your
child's imagination and many storybooks, such as the Playdate Kids selection, can help your child through any situation, from moving to dealing with bullies.

Illuminate the selection of books your child can choose from and let your child do the rest. Now that you are sufficiently armed with a variety of books and your
reading hour is set, enjoy it. Make reading time fun!

Talk about the book with your child; their favorite parts,who the main character was, whether or not they like the book. On occasion do a craft pertaining to the book with your child. The biggest factor in getting your child to read this summer is your involvement. If you enjoy reading time, your child will too!

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