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Benefits of Summer Reading Part 2Posted Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at 10:46 AM
*Be a reader yourself - By reading books yourself, you are showing your child that reading is important. Children most often learn by example. If your child sees that you value reading, then he or she is more likely to become a reader him or herself.
*Set aside time each day for reading aloud - If you can weave this into your daily schedule, your young child will look forward to this fun activity with mom or dad.
*Connect reading to summer activities - Read your child a book about the beach before or after a beach trip. When you read and discuss books about things your child has experienced, you help him connect the act of reading to everyday life.
*Point out words as you enjoy summer activities - If you go to the zoo, read the signs that give information about the animals with your child. If you visit a public pool, read the list of pool rules together.
*Take books along on outings - Pack some age appropriate books in your picnic basket or take along a few for long car rides.
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