Tips for Encouraging Kids to Read
1. "Read me a story!"
Nearly every suggestion sent in by parent and teacher tip-sters had this message. Reading together is a powerful tool in motivating your child to read, no matter how old they are.
2. Beyond Books
Tip-sters were quick to point out that reading material comes in many different shapes and sizes. Magazines, board games, recipes, cereal boxes, signs, comic books, turning on the closed captioning on your television all provide opportunities for reading practice.
3. Keep it fun, for everyone
If kids are going to enjoy reading, the experience has to be enjoyable. As you read with your children, keep them involved by asking questions about the story, and let them fill in the blanks. You or your children, can create activities related to the stories you're reading. In one household, reading Little House on the Prairie prompted lively games of "wagon-train" and discussions about life on the frontier. Another family likes to create mini-plays, acting out the stories they read. While her grandson "helps" in the garden, one grandmother spells words for him to write out using a muddy stick. Once the word is complete, the two of them sound it out together, wipe the word away, then move onto the next. This reading game keeps her grandson occupied for hours.
From Jessica Snyder
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BOOK FAIR NEWS
The Fall Book Fair was a success, and the Spring Book Fair is fast approaching. Our thanks to all who shopped at the Fair and to all of our wonderful volunteers.
CHATFIELD BOGO SPRING BOOK FAIR
May 30, 2017 to June 2, 2017