Children are eager to learn to read and love being read to. I have been trying to come up with some tips for helping and encouraging them to read. These are mine...now give me yours.
#1. When reading to children use lots of energy and inflection in your voice. Do voices for the characters if you can. Show emotion on your face.
#2. Show the pictures as you read to help their comprehension. Do ask questions but don't interrupt the flow of the story. Wait until the end. Did they learn anything from the story?
#3. When your child shows an interest in something new encourage them to read more about it. Look for books on the subject at the local library. Their own library card is very important.
#4. Give your child the opportunity to read to you often. Encourage them to read to siblings or even to teddy bears or dolls.
#5. Play simple word games with your kids. Memory with word cards instead of pictures.
There are my five now give me five more!