- Read to your child starting at an early age.
- Many people have fond memories of their parents reading them bedtime stories. Reading to your child will help foster a love of words and reading.
- Reading to a child also models how to hold a book; how to turn the pages; and the idea that printed words represent sounds and meanings.
- Keep it fun for everyone! Don't be afraid to get into character when reading to a child. An extra dose of drama adds interest and reinforces how words and sentences sound.
- As your children learn to read, encourage them to "help" you find letters and sound out words.
- Fill your child's room with books. Kids who grow up with books all around them learn to think of books as friends and allies in their pursuit of adventure and learning.
- Be a good reading "role model" for your children. Let them see you reading, and how much you enjoy reading books and magazines.
- Get your child a library card. Show them how a library can be a place of wonder and excitement, and can open whole new worlds of learning to last a lifetime. And then put the library in your schedule, so you will be sure to visit frequently together.
- Carve out time from you busy day and dedicate it to reading, both together and on your own. By setting aside specific times, rather than trying to squeeze it in between soccer and dance lessons, you send the message that reading is an important activity and something your child will enjoy.
To learn more about Community Service Programs of West Alabama, including Head Start and Early Head Start programs, visit cspwal.com.