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					    Reading Tips for Parents and Teachers
                                                            •   Read the comics from the newspaper
                                                                together (children love cartoons).

•   Go to your public library regularly for lots of         •   Take books with you wherever you go and                What might go wrong
    great books for children of all ages. Librarians            read when children need a distraction.            •   Some children have short attention spans.
    love to help parents, teachers and kids find                                                                      Encourage a child to sit and listen, but do not
    books.                                                  •   Encourage older children to read to younger           force them to do so.
                                                                ones.                                             •   The story may be too long or too complicated
•   Always read the books yourself before you                                                                         for younger children.
    read them to your child. Make sure that the             •   Set aside a time when everyone in your            •   Other activities are more attractive at the
    book is right for your child’s age. Use books               home reads. Children will learn by example.           moment, or there are distractions and noises
    that you like. It is more fun for you and your                                                                    nearby.
    child if you like the book too.                         •   Discuss the stories that you have read with       •   The setting is uncomfortable; i.e. hard floor,
                                                                your children.                                        room is too cold, or too hot.
•   Tell the children the title and author of the                                                                 •   Some children may be less mature than
    book.                                                   •   Subscribe to a children’s magazine.                   others, or may be hungry, thirsty, or sleepy.
                                                                                                                  •   Children are being expected to sit still too long.
•   Show that you are excited about the book                •   Read stories at bedtime.
    before, during and after reading it. Get                                                                                What might help
    excited about the story. Point to the pictures          •   Have your child clip out coupons from the         •   Allow children to participate, especially
    as you are reading the story in order to                    newspaper with you before a shopping trip.            restless children. For example: ask them to
    emphasize what is happening.                                                                                      turn the page, answer questions about the
                                                            •   Put the names of objects on cards around              story, etc.
•   Be dramatic when you read. Change the tone                  the house.                                        •   Use the name of the child who is having
    of your voice. Read faster in some places                                                                         difficulties listening to the story to keep their
    and slower in others. Use different voices for          •   Put together a picture dictionary with your           attention.
    different characters. Have fun!!!                           child by cutting out pictures from magazines      •   Children will be more involved if they can see
                                                                that start with each letter of the alphabet.          the pictures; so, be sure to show the pictures
•   Involve your child in the story. Read with                                                                        throughout the story.
    rather than to your child. Make sure that                                                                     •   If a story isn’t working - stop reading it and
    children can see the pictures while you read.                                                                     switch to a new one; or skip pages to finish it
    Let your child point to the pictures. Talk                                                                        quickly and move on to a new book.
    about the story when you are done. Answer                                                                     •   Sit on the floor with the children, so they can
    children’s comments in positive ways.                                                                             experience the closeness made possible
                                                                                                                      through reading aloud together.
•   Ask questions such as, “What do you think
    will happen next?” “What would you do if you
    were...?” “How do you feel about this story?”
                                                                                                               Positive memories about books,
    This encourages language development and                                                                     create positive attitudes
    critical thinking.                                                                                                towards reading!
                                provided by The Youth Services Department Huntsville Public Library Huntsville, Alabama 256-532-5949

				
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