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5 Family Reading Tips That Will Surprise You

March is National Reading Awareness Month. In addition to recognizing Dr. Seuss' birthday, school-aged children are encouraged to fully embrace reading during this time. One of the best ways to help children develop a love for reading is to participate in it with them.

Today I'm sharing five ways to read together as a family, and some of them may surprise you. When Kiddie Academy shared these tips with us, I was quite surprised by a few of them.
1. Read The Same Book Over and Over

Although it may make parents crazy, reading the same book to a child multiple times has real educational benefits.  Young children like to predict what will happen in a story.  The repetition helps a child to create brain connections and build confidence in their literacy skills.  

2. Going to the Library is Still Important

Even in our digital age, a trip to the library remains a valuable family activity.  Making the time in your busy schedule for a library visit demonstrates your interest and support of reading.  A library is full of inspiration that can help your child discover and explore a variety of interests.  Caring for and returning a library book also builds an understanding of time and responsibility.

3. Kids Should Read Adult Books

No, you shouldn’t hand over your copy of the latest romance novel.  However, when choosing reading materials, don’t limit your choices to “kid” books. For example, if your son shows an interest in cars, allow him to explore a car repair manual or car-centered magazines.  Seeing a wide range of written text reinforces that reading is an important skill that everyone needs.

4. Interaction During Story time is Key

Reading aloud to your child has proven lifelong literacy benefits. However, while reading a story, it’s also important to stop to talk about the story to further engage her in the process.  You can ask questions about the story, talk about the emotions related to the story or even create an alternate ending. You’ll elevate story time from a passive to an active pursuit, making for a richer experience.

5. Children Need to See Parents Reading for Pleasure

All kids are born mimics – it’s how humans learn, by repeating behaviors they observe.  Multiple studies show that children who see their parents reading for pleasure are much more likely to become strong readers themselves.  Allow your child to “catch” you reading a book, magazine or e-book, and talk about what reading means to you.

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