School is back in session so now is the time to really work on those reading habits that will take your child through the rest of his/her life.
10 Ways to get Your child
to drop that cell phone/video game/remote
1. Enforce a rule that your child spends no more than
two hours a day watching TV, playing video and computer games, and surfing the web.
2. Encourage your child to read at least 30 minutes a
day. Reading boosts concentration, vocabulary, and
3. Have a variety of reading materials handy. Visit the library often and help your children choose materials they’ll enjoy.
4. Make reading time special. Arrange a comfortable spot and a set time to read as a family, whether you read the same book together or individually.
5. Even older children enjoy books read to them, so act out stories as you read aloud.
6. Take turns reading to each other. Be patient with beginning readers. Offer help only if they are struggling.
7. Follow up on what you’ve read. Talk about books at dinner or at Regular “family book club” Sessions.
8. If you read the same book together, ask questions as you go long. Help kids learn to critique a story’s plot, theme, and characters.
9. If your kids want to see a movie that’s based on a book, have them read the book first. They’ll learn
there’s more in books that can be shown on screen!
10. Set a good example by reading daily and limiting your own TV-viewing to under two hours a day.