Rapt in read­ing books

The Daily Examiner - - LIFE NEWSPAPERS IN EDUCATION -

IT IS im­por­tant to en­cour­age young chil­dren to read and carry on us­ing their skills so that later in life they can con­tinue to build their lives so­cially, cul­tur­ally, ed­u­ca­tion­ally and eco­nom­i­cally.

The abil­ity to learn about new sub­jects and find help­ful in­for­ma­tion de­pends on the skill to read.

A good start

We all know it’s so im­por­tant to read to our chil­dren ev­ery day when they are young. But how can you en­cour­age them to keep read­ing as they get older?

En­cour­age kids to make read­ing a reg­u­lar part of their rou­tine and lim­it­ing other ac­tiv­i­ties such as watch­ing TV.

Cre­ate en­tic­ing read­ing nooks in your home.

Share books and dis­cuss the story line and ideas.

There are so many choices out there. One of the best ways to know what to read is from rec­om­men­da­tions from friends, the li­brary, book­store or on­line. Choose a book that:

Has a print size that is easy to read.

Is about a topic that is in­ter­est­ing.

Is from a se­ries/au­thor you read and liked.

Has a front/back cover that looks in­ter­est­ing.

Has rel­e­vant pic­tures if il­lus­trated.

Has a read­ing level in a good range for you (not too hard, not too easy).

Passes the Five Fin­ger Test.

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