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May 16, 2009

Posted by Nora in Uncategorized.
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So, I thought it would be fun to start by sharing a “tip of the week” with all of you!  I have so many reading and writing ideas that have worked well with my own boys – as well as some tips from my experience as an elementary teacher.  In addition to the tips, I look forward to sharing news about my books, everyday anecdotes and events related to children’s literacy.

 

Tip #1:  Give your child an audience!

One of the best ways to encourage your child as a reader is to truly “listen” to him read.  Giving him your undivided attention can make him feel like what he is doing is really important.  I like to actually take it one step further!  Give your child a real “audience” as a reader!  You can set up a special reader’s chair and then create an audience space for you and other family members to sit and listen.  By giving your child an audience, you will help him develop his reader’s voice and nurture his ability to read with fluency and confidence.  After your child’s first few times in the reader’s chair he is sure to come back for more.  Not only will he feel like the center of attention, but he will see the pride in your face as you applaud his reading successes!  A great memory of mine is having my younger son read aloud to my older son for the first time.  Luke, my older son, was such an attentive listener and afterward he praised Owen, my younger son, for his reading.  Then, Owen asked Luke if he wanted to listen to him read another book, and another book and low and behold it turned into a five book show!!  Just having his brother’s attention and hearing his compliments catapulted Owen’s reading and started quite a lasting tradition of “reading to an audience” in our home.

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