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Do You Read To Your Child Correctly?

As parents we often ask ourselves ‘Am I doing it right?’ – ‘Am I feeding my child the best food?’, ‘Am I giving my child enough active play?’- most of us have a constant dialogue going on in our head.  It can get pretty noisy in there! And most of us are pretty hard on ourselves.

And this fear couldn’t be more true for reading.

‘Am I reading to my child right?

Over the years, I’ve had this question asked of me in a variety of ways with the most common question being, ‘How do I read to my child?’. I also know that with this question most parents have that voice in their head scoffing, ‘Because if you do it wrong, you’ll ruin your child’s chance of learning to read.’

Let me reassure you.

If you are reading to your child, you ARE doing it right.

There is no magic trick or secret that everyone else knows but you.

 Just read to them, read to them, read to them!

Reading to your child is quite simply the best way to help your child learn to read.

However if you are anything like me, you’ll probably question these comment. ‘That sounds way too simple to work. Surely there is a way  to read to my child?’

And really, there isn’t – but I know some of you will be after more so here are my suggestions for reading to your child right(!) :

1. Set Aside 15 Minutes Each Day

Yep, that’s’s all the time you need but if you don’t set aside a regular time you may find the day is over before you’ve had a chance to read to your child.

2. Make It The Best Experience Possible

Will this mean snuggling up on the couch together or maybe sitting under a tree in your backyard?  Create or find a space that you and your child are both extraordinarily happy in!

3. Choose Books That You, Your Child Or You Both LOVE! 

There’s no better way to promote the love of reading then sharing a book that is adored!  And don’t forget nonfiction books- if you read a book that is about something your child is obsessed with you will have them in the palm of your hand!

 4. Read The Book With Passion

No one wants to hear a book read by Betty Boring. Use voices, pace and a range of tones to keep your child interested.  Remember though, read to your child in the way they like to hear the story – when we read to our Belle at night we are quiet and reserved. Other times we are loud and crazy!  But always read to your child in a way you are comfortable.  Or you just won’t do it.

5. Make Sure You And Your Child Can See The Book…Or Not

If you are reading a book that has lots of great pictures or you want to point to the words as your child silently follows it is best that your child can see the book too! This may mean you are both laying on your tummies looking at the book or maybe your child is sitting on your lap. Other times you may  just want to read a book to your child that they can just lay back, listen to and enjoy. In this case you can position yourself anywhere comfy!

Don’t think helping your child learn to read is beyond you. By reading to your child regularly you are giving your child the best start possible.

Happy Reading!

Leigh xx



2 Responses to “Do You Read To Your Child Correctly?”

  1. Norah Colvin on October 4th, 2014 9:32 pm

    Great advice for parents of young children!

  2. theed on October 7th, 2014 6:58 am

    Thanks for your reply Norah.

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