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Reading Partners: Parents and Children

Good Beginnings Never End

"Please, please, read it to me...just one more time!"

Books provide an opportunity to strengthen the relationship between you and your child. Most children love the feeling of warmth and security that comes from snuggling up by Mom or Dad while listening to a story. The physical contact, combined with the familiar sound of the parent's voice and the lure of a delightful plot, makes a story special. It may well become one of the most precious memories a child recalls long after adulthood is reached.

Besides the pleasure you and your child experience as you cozy up with a favorite book, reading aloud serves a practical purpose: studies indicate that children who have books read to them at home learn to read more easily than those who don't.

A child whose day includes listening to rhythmic sounds and lively stories is more likely to grow up loving books. And a child who loves books will want to learn to read them.

You can encourage your child to read without spending a lot of time or dollars. Here are a few tips to get you started.




Years from now, your children may not remember one Christmas or birthday present from another. They will remember your shared time together. Going to the library with your child to check out books is a good place to begin as reading partners.

The following books discuss how parents can share the pleasure of reading with their preschool children and help their children develop strong prereading skills.

Learning all the Time: How Small Children Begin to Read, Write, Count and Investigate the World. J. Holt. Addison-Wesley, 1989.

Beginning to Read: Thinking & Learning About Print. A Summary. M.J. Adams. Champaign, IL, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Center for the Study of Reading, 1990.

Parents Are Teachers, Too: Enriching Your Child's First Six Years. Claudia Jones. Williamson, 1988.

The Read Aloud Handbook. Jim Trelease. Penguin, 1989 & 1995.

Ask your local librarian for recommendations.

This newsletter is published for North Dakota families with preschoolers by the NDSU Extension Service and distributed through your county extension office. See your extension agent for more parenting information and other home economics programs.

Parenting Preschoolers, Issue No. 10

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