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Family Reading Time

print knowledge 85A quiet time for everyone to read on their own may be the only chance you get to see the morning paper. But it's also a time that your little one can "read" her books or magazines.

What you need:
Your own reading materials
Reading materials for your child

What to do:
1. Both you and your child should pick out something to read.

2. Don't be concerned if your beginning reader chooses materials that are easier than her school reading books. Practice with easy books (and the comics) will improve her fluency.

3. If you subscribe to a children's magazine, this is a good time for your child to read it. There are many good magazines for kids, who often get a special thrill out of receiving their own mail.

4. Relax and enjoy reading together, separately.

A family reading time shows that you like to read. If you value reading, your children will, too.

Source: Helping Your Child Learn to Read, U.S. Department of Education

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