Here are some fun and practical ways to make reading a normal and natural part of family life.



    * Read aloud to your children.

    * Set aside a special time each day that you and your child devote to reading. 

    * Show your child that reading just isn’t for the classroom.  Let your kids catch you reading whenever possible.

    * Create a special place for you and your child to read. 

    * Telling stories from your personal life is a fun way to teach values, pass on family history and build your child’s listening and thinking skills.  You could even write a family book.

    * Help develop geography and reading skills by making a faux passport and a copy of an oversized world map.  Each time you and your child read a story about a different part of the world, color in that country on the map and stamp the passport.

    * Build your child’s affection and respect for reading by helping them create their own personal library.

    * Recording books is one way to enable a young reader to enjoy a favorite book again and again.  Grandparents, parents, bothers and sisters can record their

    favorite stories on tape or the whole family can join in and play different characters.

    * Newspapers, magazines, and books are obvious reading choices, but don’t dismiss road sign, menus, billboards, cereal boxes and lots of other everyday items. Read aloud anything with words and present reading as a way to discover the world.