Reading with your child is one, if not the most important thing you can do for them in their Early Childhood Years. Trust me, I know how hard it is to make time for it sometimes. At the end of the day you just want to sit down and be done for the day. Reading to your child is a great way to show your child how important reading is. It exposes them to new language. It teaches them about things that they might not know about without reading. A child who loves to read at an early age is more likely to succeed in school. Here are some tips for fostering a love of reading.
1. Make reading a special time, no distractions, just you and them.
2. Read for 20 minutes each day.
3. Ask questions about the book you are reading together.
4. When you need to, go out and get new books (library or bookstore.)
5. Never force your child to read if they really don’t want to. Give them sometime and come back to it.
Suzy has been working in Early Childhood/Elementary Education for the last 10 years. She has worked both as a Teacher and as a Preschool Administrator. She has taught Preschool, Kindergarten, First Grade and Third Grade. Most recently, she has been working as an Administrator of an Early Childhood Center in NYC.