Do you have a little one in your family that is just on the cusp of reading? It is a very important milestone in his life, so how you approach it can make a lifelong difference in his attitude towards reading. Always make book sharing and reading aloud to each other a priority. Anytime and anyplace is always the best choice.
Curling up with a good book together with your child on your lap or snuggled close in beside you gives him a feeling of security and of this being a special time indeed. The love of reading flows as you engage in the book and the words flow between minds and hearts. This is a time that the adult in his life has put aside his/her very busy scheduled life and has chosen to spend quality time with an excellent book and that wonderful little person in his life.
These sessions should never be long or dragged out. Make them times of anticipation and just plain fun. When your budding reader is reading out loud and gets stuck on an unfamiliar word please don't have him sit there and try to sound it out over and over again. That can cause anxiety and frustration and a lack of self-confidence in his ability to read. Instead just gently give him the word and keep the flow of language and the ideas of the story going. So many times parents get hung up on this aspect and it is a losing tactic.
Reading time together should be a stress-free, let's-read-another book-together-time. I have compiled a list of books that are perfect for kids to enjoy and feel successful when conquering that printed word set before them.
THE EASIEST EASY READER BOOKS
EASY READER BOOKS – A SLIGHT STEP UP
I truly hope that this has helped you with your new emerging bookworm. It is very important that a child not only acquire the skill of reading but also the love of reading. There are tons of fabulous books to chose from and always remember lean towards what your child is interested in while determining which book to get. May your day be filled with interesting, adventurous, fun words that are packed between the covers of a great storybook.
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Read on and read always!
It's a wrap.