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Here at Northbridge International School Cambodia we love reading because sharing a book is fun! It's a time to laugh and talk together. But how about at home?
Research shows that reading with your child at home can give them a flying start in life and help them become lifelong readers. If you’re not feeling confident about sharing books, don’t worry – there’s no right or wrong way to enjoy a story together. But if you’d like some tips, here are a few pointers to help you out...
Start young and stay with it
Children love the sound of language before they even notice words on a page. Reading books aloud to children expands their imagination and increases their understanding of the world.
It helps develop language and listening skills and, when the rhythm and melody of language become a part of a child's life, learning to read will be as natural as learning to walk or talk.
Even after children learn to read by themselves, it's still important to read aloud together. By reading stories that are on their interest level, but beyond their reading level, you can stretch understanding and motivate them to improve their skills.
It's part of life
Although the life of a parent is often hectic, you should try to read with your child at least once a day. Don't be discouraged if you skip a day, just read to your child as often as you possibly can.
Taking the time to read with your children on a regular basis sends an important message: Reading is worthwhile.
Advertise the joy of reading!
Read yourself! It doesn’t matter what it is – pick up a newspaper or magazine, take a look at a cookery book, read a computer manual, enjoy some poetry or a novel. Let your child see you reading.
With your help, your children can begin a lifelong relationship with the printed word, so they grow into adults who read easily and frequently whether for business, knowledge, or pleasure.