Read to your child every day.
The most important thing you can do to help your child do well in school is read out loud to them every day. Reading to them from the time they are a newborn helps the part of their brain that deals with speech and language development. The more words they hear when you talk, read, and sing, the more this part of the brain grows. Reading will give the skills they need to learn to read, write, and understand information when they are older.
There are a lot of things you can read, including:
- Library books
You can help your child to like reading.
- Read to them as a newborn for a few minutes at a time.
- Read at least 1 time each day.
- Get a library card so that you can borrow books and videos for free from the library.
- Let your child pick the books they want you to read to them.
- Be patient if they want you to read the same books over and over. Hearing the same thing over and over helps them remember.
- Keep books where they can reach them. Have books in the rooms where they play.
- Take books with you when you go places.
- Go to story time at the library.
As you read together:
- Point to the pictures and words as you read.
- Talk the way you think the character speaks. If the character is happy, sound happy when you read.
- Talk about the story. Point to the pictures and ask what they liked about the story and what happened. Asking questions about the story will help them learn to think.
- Let them try to read the story back to you, even if they make up the words. This will help them become a good reader and also will help them learn to talk.