Keep Reading to Your Child

Keep Reading to Your Child

Many parents have asked me when they should stop reading to their child. And my answer is… NEVER!

Of course, children should learn to read independently. But share reading has many benefits, even for kids who decode accurately.

It can broaden reading horizons. It’s an opportunity to have deep, intellectual discussions. And it sends a message about the value you place on reading.

It may seem odd reading to a high schooler or even a middle schooler. But it’s not uncommon for adults to be read to.

Here are some tips for getting the most out of shared reading:

Ask some open-ended questions, such as “what do you think might happen next?” Point out connections to your child’s experiences and to other stories.

Follow-up on the story. Bring it up when you encounter other connections – maybe from movies or television.

And finally… have fun! Check out the Mind Matters Show and other videos in our Psych in 60 series for more learning tips.

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Dr. Craig Pohlman
Craig is a learning expert who has helped thousands of struggling students in his psychology career. He’s written extensively about learning issues, including the book How Can My Kid Succeed in School? He has three sons, so he has been up close and personal with things like cramming for tests, scrambling to finish homework, shuttling kids to sports practices, stuffing backpacks, etc. Follow him on Twitter - @DrCraigPohlman


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