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Reading & Language

Reading Tips

Boy with magnetic lettersWhat Is Phonics?
Learn the facts about phonics, why learning phonics is important for your child, and more.

Mother and daughter reading togetherWhat Not to Say to Emerging Readers
We’ve listed common mistakes that some parents make, along with better ways to support emerging readers.

hates readingWhat to Do When Your Child Hates Reading
Does your child hate reading? Find tips on how to motivate children to read–and like reading.

reading with parentsFrom Knowing Your ABCs to Learning to Read
Hooray! Your child can sing the alphabet like a pro! Now what? Here are seven important tips to consider after your child has learned the letters of the alphabet, but before she’s reading fluently:

A father and son reading togetherHow to Create a Literate Home
Find out how to make your home an ideal environment for language and literacy learning for babies and toddlers, preschoolers and kindergartners and early readers and writers.

Family readingReading to Two: A Double Challenge
Learn strategies for making the family reading experience meaningful. Get tips on reading aloud, choosing the right books and talking about books.

Moms and daughters reading togetherBook Clubs for Kids
Find out how to start a parent-child book club, get tips for organizing and maintaining a book club and suggestions for ways to have great discussions, and learn about the benefits of kids’ book clubs.

Kids in a classroomQualities of a Good Classroom
Learn about classrooms and child care settings that help children become readers and writers.

Mother and daughter read a picture book“Read” Illustrations to Improve Literacy Skills
Explore illustrations with your child and to help him develop his ability to “read” visual compositions.

Mother and daughter read a book outsideTips for Summer Reading
Learn tips for weaving language and literacy activities into your child’s summer days.

Mom reads to babyThe Surprising Meaning and Benefits of Nursery Rhymes
Learn the surprising meaning of nursery rhymes and why parents and children should continue to enjoy them together.

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