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Cartwright,Stephen. 1987. First 100 Words.
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1993. Reading Games - You and Your Child. London, England: Usborne Publishing
Help Your Child Learn To Read. London, England: Usborne Publishing Ltd.
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together with your child every day. Make it fun by
reading outdoors on the front steps, patio, at the beach or park. Also, let your children
read to you. For younger children, point out the relationship between words and sounds.
Set a good
example! Parents must be willing to model behavior for
their children. Keep lots of reading material around the house. Turn off the TV and have
each person read his or her book, including mom and dad.
Read the same
book your child is reading and discuss it. This is the
way to develop habits of the mind and build capacity for thought and insight.
Let kids choose
what they want to read, and don't turn your nose up at popular fiction. It will only discourage the reading habit.
Buy books on
tape, especially for a child with a learning disability. Listen
to them in the car, or turn off the TV and have the family listen to them together.
children to the library regularly. Most libraries
sponsor summer reading clubs with easy-to-reach goals for preschool and school-age
children. Check the library calendar for special summer reading activities and events.
Libraries also provide age appropriate lists for summer reading.
your child's name, to magazines like Sports Illustrated for Kids, Highlights for Children,
or National Geographic World. Encourage older children
to read the newspaper and current events magazines, to keep up the reading habit over the
summer and develop vocabulary. Ask them what they think about what they've read, and
listen to what they say.
disappointment over summer separation from a favorite school friend by encouraging them to
become pen pals. Present both children with postcards or
envelopes that are already addressed and stamped. If both children have access to the
Internet, email is another option.
Make trips a way
to encourage reading by reading aloud traffic signs, billboards, notices. Show your children how to read a map, and once you are on the road, let
them take turns being the navigator.
children to keep a summer scrapbook. Tape in souvenirs
of your family's summer activities picture postcards, ticket stubs, photos. Have your
children write the captions and read them aloud as you look at the book together.
Tips to Encourage Reading
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Ellynne Skove, a movement and music specialist who works with preschool
and elementary school children in Brooklyn, New York, says, "I work with children on
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Every preschool teacher knows that singing can organize a chaotic roomful of children.
"Children have very basic, underdeveloped organizational abilities," says Skove.
"They don't have boundaries as we know them. Music organizes time into small
chunks through rhythm and beat, and it develops the ability to anticipate. That's
why so many teachers use music as a transitional tool--and why there are so many clean-up
songs, hello songs and end-of-day songs."
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