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Fun Ways to Encourage
Your Children to Read

Reading can unlock the keys to a whole world of information. Parents are teachers, both by example and by conversation. Give children opportunities to play, to talk and to hear you talk to them. Listen to what they have to say and answer their questions. Read aloud to your child(ren) every day. These are fun activities that you can do with your child(ren) to encourage them to read and to reinforce the importance of school.

ABC Book. Use the back side of old papers. Write one upper and one lower case letter (A,a) on each page. Have children go through old newspapers or magazines and match each letter to a picture in the magazine. Cut out the object and glue it onto the page. Make a book out of the pages.

Alphabet Hunt. Make a list of all the letters in the alphabet. Have the children identify household items that start with as many of the letters as possible.

Cartoons. Cut cartoon strips apart frame by frame. Have children put them back in order and read the completed cartoon.

Concentration Games. Create a game using coupons-children would need to match two similar products-brands could be different.

Create Stories. Make up stories with your children. Alternate between parent and child in adding lines to the story.

Predict the Story Outcome. Flip through a picture story book with your child and have them predict the story outcome from the pictures. Then go back and read the story to your child.

Newspaper Scavenger Hunt. Go through a newspaper and make a list of 10-15 items to find in the paper (Garfield cartoon, sports statistic, story about Chicago, weather data, picture of a government official, car ad, etc.)

Recipes. Pick out simple recipes and help the children make the recipe. Children should read the directions. This re-enforces the need for math and reading skills.

Repetition. Have your child tell the story to you after you have read it to him/her.

Safety Walk. Take your children on a walk around the neighborhood or to a park. Point out signs and read what is on the signs (house numbers, stop sign, street names and business names). Have children name the pieces of play equipment.

Telephone Book. Make a list of names or businesses. Have the children go through the phone book and locate the names in the book.

Time spent together with your children is so important. Reading can be a worthwhile activity!

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