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					Parent Involvement                                                                                     ParentTip



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You are your child'sfirst and most important teacher. Here are eightwaysyou can
help your child becbmea reader.
           Readyourself. When your kids seeyou reading the newspaperor curling up with a book, they
           will want to follow your examPle.


                                           you (or someoneelse) reads to them-dailV. Reading,like
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F;tfr:,A shooting biskets and playing the piano, is a skill. Children wh_o  sqend at least 3o minutes a
@        day reaiiing for fun develop the skills to be better readers at school.

,4;ut"1Get into
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                       the library habit. Make sure everyonein your family has a library card.. Schedule
#t^           regular trips to the library.
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    Ettit x   Read aloud to your children. This is the most important thing a parent can do to help their
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      children becomebetter readers. Tips for reading:
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               *Start reading to them when they are young;
               *Don't stop reading to them as they grow up;
               *Set asideio*e tirie eachday for ieiding (bedtime, breakfast, or just after dinner);
               *Read books you enjoy - your kids will know.

              Use your newspaperto encouragereading: a scavenger  hunt. Give your child a list of things
              to fiird in today's newspaper. Here are some ideas:
               *A map of the United States;
               *A picture of an athlete;
               "Three words beginning with ro.

              Give books as gifts. Then find a specialplace for your children to keep their own r?€l
              library.

                                            "You can stay up
              Make reading a privilege. Suy,                 l5 minutes later tonight if you read in bed."
                                "Beciuse you helped with the dishes,I have time to read you an extra
              Or you migh[say,
              story."

              If you don't feel confidentin your readingabilities, your childrenlearnto read,askthem
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              ioi"ud  to you. Talk aboutth-e booksyoui childrenhaveread. Ask a friend or relativeto
              readaloudto your children.
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