Reading stories to your children is a most valuable activity. When children listen to adults read, it helps them develop an appreciation for written material and for the ideas and thoughts that books can convey. Many experts in the field of reading have determined that parents who read to their children on a regular basis are more likely to have children who are good readers.
Reading aloud is perhaps the most important way you can guide your child toward reading success. You can open up whole new worlds of adventure and mystery that cannot be found anywhere else, including TV! Children who have been read to will undoubtedly be eager to read for themselves because they know of the pleasures to be found in books. Here are some suggestions.
READING "SPARKLER" OF THE WEEK: Help your child create a personal bookmark for use in his or her books. Put a wallet-sized photo of your child or family between two pieces of clear Contac® paper. Then sprinkle in some glitter or colored confetti, seal, and cut to size. Your child may want to make personalized bookmarks for other members of the family too.