How to help your kids to read book better Print
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Sunday, 01 May 2011 10:57

About 20 to 30 percent of school-age children have difficulties learning to read? At this young age, this can be embarrassing for them, and can result in low motivation and self-esteem. Children who are most at risk for reading difficulties are those who were not read to at home.

"The most important thing that parents can do is talk and read to their children. During the toddler and preschool years, it is critical to provide children with different language and reading experiences."

(G. Reid Lyon, PhD, Chief of the Child Development and Behavior Branch within the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development)

While knowing how to read is essential for day-to-day survival, developing a passion to read opens new worlds for children. By reading, children can acquire all the knowledge, skills and values essential for their success in school and in life.

Reading to your children...

Mother Reading book with her daughter

Is an integral part of teaching them how to read

Makes it easier for them to develop their speech and language

Teaches them new vocabulary and pronunciation

Builds their listening skills and increases their attention span Stimulates their imagination and fosters their natural curiosity

Develops their ability to express themselves more clearly and confidently in spoken and written terms

Is a great way to prepare them for the school environment

Is a wonderful bonding experience that nourishes emotional development