Here are some reading tips from Trinity Babies and the Saint John Free Public Library
Reading Tip # 1
Studies show that children with good verbal skills do better at school. Have your child read to you. Talk about what you are reading. Words are tools for the imagination.
Reading Tip # 2
Make reading fun! Vary your voice. Use character voices and change the tone of your voice to help arouse your child’s interest. Bring stories to life with props, puppets, masks and other fun things.
Reading Tip # 3
Don’t hesitate to read your child’s favourite book for the 100th time. Repetition makes books predictable and your readers love to know what comes next!
Reading Tip # 4
Create a travel kit of books, magazines and other materials. Take advantage of “waiting” times to share books. Read maps and signs along the way.
Reading Tip # 5
Get your child a library card and visit the library often. Let your children pick out books that interest them. Let them see you pick out books for yourself.
Reading Tip # 6
Take time to read every day and set a good reading example. Let your child see you reading. Point out newspaper and magazine articles that would spark your child’s interest.
Reading Tip # 7
Have a daily U-S-S-R reading time for your kids. This means Uninterrupted, Sustained, and Silent Reading. No TV, no phone. Be consistent about your children reading every day-including teenagers!
Reading Tip # 8
It is never too early to read to a child, even a baby. An early start helps them to develop their awareness of sounds and words. Best of all, reading creates a very special bond between parents and children.
Reading Tip # 9
Don’t forget about poetry. Kids love it and it teaches rhythm, rhyme and playfulness with language and humour.