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Do you read with your kid everyday?

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    unLtd is offline Registered User
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    Do you read with your kid everyday?

    I am trying and happy to read with mine, however I sometimes work over time.

    My kid is going to 3. Anyone would like to share what to read with your kids?

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    I am a reading specialist and am a firm believer in reading to your kids everyday. It is important to make it a fun, bonding time with the two of you. If you work late, don't worry, just try to have whoever is his caretaker read to him/her if they can, if not it isn't the end of the world. Keep it conistent and always have a time when he/she gets to read what he/she wants to. If he/she wants to read the same book over and over, do it. They are figuring out the use of written language and trying to master stories. Have fun with it and be sure to mix it up. Go to the library and have him/her choose the books about what he/she is interested in.

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    i let my 6,5mnth old baby look at cloth and board books all the time. but when do you think we should start "reading" to them?

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    Dear Mammalicious,

    You child is never too young to read to/with them.

    I've read with both mine from birth and as a primary school teacher, I also know on a professional basis that it makes a difference. Both of mine love books and have great fun with the stories. My twenty month old can actually tell me what's happening in the story and with some of the more simple texts recite the story. I know this will help with her own reading later on.

    Have fun reading

    Jools

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    I let my son be the guide in this matter. We started reading quite early and he seemed to enjoy. Then he went through a phase where he wasn't interested for a couple of months and I let him be. But I'm a voracious reader myself so he started insisting on me reading to him every time I picked up my book to read. Now at 4 years, he just can't go to bed without reading a book. We read anything and everything. He goes to pre-school and they give him a book every week. So most nights we read the school library book. He's got his own collection as well. Level 1 Ladybird read it yourself books are really nice. There are repetitive sentences and nice pictures. After a few times he "reads" the book himself since he knows the sentences. Recently we read "caps for sale" and "little red hen" the second one is a ladybird book. He really enjoyed these books.

    Even though now he reads at bedtime..there really is no set time for reading. Every time he wants to read I try to make the time for him. He obviously enjoys it so why restrict the time I felt. Do you have time in the morning ? Or weekends ? If not like Loon suggested who ever is taking care of him can do the reading. Some nights my son insists on daddy reading. We both have different styles of reading I'm sure and sometimes he's in the "daddy style" mood :)
    Last edited by scr; 03-16-2006 at 01:48 PM.

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    We did not set up a routine for reading, however, my son will pick up a book and ask me to read to him when he feels like it. Sometimes I ask him to read to me, and he will "read" his Thomas book to me (what he has memorized or how he understand the story to be that is).

    I have found that sometimes when I introduce a book to him, it doesn't have an impact, but after I let him watch a video of it (which he doesn't get to watch often), he is more interested in the book, because there was a visual to help him relate to the whole story. For now, he is more interested in the pictures than the words, and he's going to be 3 soon. I try not to push him at all, but will point out certain words that he knows, and ask him to spell and sound it out.

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    I started reading to my daughter when she's 6-7 months. I would put her on my lap and read to her. I actually just read to her slowly without pointing at the words or the picture. Then she started trying to turn the page by herself. And later on point at the picture and finish the sentence when I stopped in the middle. Now she's 2 and she loves reading. It's amazing how she could memorize the whole story.

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    you will read to your kid until what age ?

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