How to Raise a Child That Likes to Read
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Hi! My name is Michael White and I'm a 12th grade English teacher for About.com and today we're going to discuss how to raise a child who likes to read.Use books as a bond, read to them, create a ritual with your child that will turn into a routine that they will take with them into their adulthood. Reading opens up new worlds and enriches children's lives so choose a book that speaks to their interests. For example, why not choose a book about one of their favorite athletes.Act it out for her. So she can see your investment in it. And when she sees you acting out a character, maybe she'll join in and see the book from a new perspective. Repeat, repeat, repeat. Children learn through repetition. So even if "Where the Wild Things Are" is making you yawn, your chid's thirst for learning is being satisfied.Make storytelling a part of life. While you're in the car instead of turning on the radio, turn on an audio book. Or at the dinner table talk about a book that you're reading. Share it with your son or your daughter so that they can the investment that you have in reading. And best of all, tell each other stories about your day. Because remember, books are stories and the objective here is to make storytelling a part of your life.Demonstrate your own love of reading by modeling reading to your kids. Remember, kids want to imitate mom and dad. If they see you cuddle up with a book in some of your spare moments - they'll do the same.And those are just a few ideas on how to raise a child who likes to read. For more, go to About.com.