Read To Your Child

Parents...Read To Your Child Every Day!!!!

Parents of preschoolers often ask what it is that they can do at home to prepare their child for future success in school. Any teacher will provide a quick response to that question.... read to your child! Reading aloud strengthens children's interests in books and reading, develops language and listening skills, and is a critical factor in developing children into readers.

Children are not born with the desire to read. It has to be cultivated. And it is the most important task that parents can tend to, especially in the preschool years.

The job is simple and requires only books and time.

Set aside a special reading time each day to do nothing else but read to your child. Choose books that you both enjoy. Be sure to cuddle up together while you read and allow your child to associate reading with a special closeness with you.

Keep books in your home. Visit the local library regularly to replenish your home's book collection. Bring your child to the library's story hour. Buy and give books for gifts. Keep books in the car. Stick them in your purse or diaper bag. Read together while waiting at the doctor's office. Keep books by your child's bedside for browsing before sleep and again upon waking. Purchase books and tapes for those times when you are too busy with housework to take time to read. Engage older children, relatives, and babysitters to read to your child. Read books, magazines, and newspapers yourself and let your child see you enjoying that activity.

Try these strategies with your child and you will find that very soon, he will be coming to you with a book, begging you to read a favorite story. That is when you will know that all of your efforts have been a success. Instilling a love for books and a strong interest in reading surely is the single most important gift that a parent can give a child and is the foundation for creating a successful reader. Make sure that you bestow this special gift on your child.

Strickland Gillilan said it best in the poem "The Reading Mother":

"You may have tangible wealth untold:

Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.

Richer than I you can never be -

I had a Mother who read to me."