1. Talk with your children as they play, go shopping, or work around the house. Listen to what they say. Ask questions. When you talk with your children you are helping them learn to use words.
2. Read to your children. Try to read to them at same time every day. Bedtime or before a nap is a good time. Let them choose the story.
3. Let your children see you read. That is the best way to show them that you think reading is important, and that you enjoy it too.
4. Ask older children to read to younger ones. Older children will be proud of their skills.
5. Go to the library together.
6. Give your children books about special interests.
7. Keep books, magazines, and newspapers around your home.
8. Plan outings for your children. Children learn from what they see and do.
9. Say rhymes, raps, and poetry, and sing songs.
10. Tell stories about your family, and stories you enjoyed hearing when you were a child.
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