Build the Habit of Reading Aloud Together

Man and two children sitting in living room reading book and smiWhat’s one simple thing you can do to help your child do better in school this year? Read aloud with her often.

Reading aloud is a way to introduce young children to the world of books. It is also a way to encourage children to make reading a daily habit.

And studies show that even long after children learn to read for themselves, they still enjoy read-aloud time.

Here are some tips to make your read-aloud time at home more successful:

  • Make reading aloud a priority. Plan for it. Set aside time for it every day, and then just do it.
  • Read books you both enjoy. There’s nothing worse than having 100 pages to go in a book neither of you can stand. If you have any doubt your child will like a book, skim it before you start.
  • Read some books that are a little too hard for your child to read alone. This is a great way to increase your child’s vocabulary.

Reprinted with permission from the September 2013 issue of Parents make the difference!® (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2013 The Parent Institute®, a division of NIS, Inc.