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9 Genius Ways To Help Kids Learn To Read (And Love It)

By Ellen Seidman |

Reading Goodnight Moon to your child for the 479th time can cause parental insanity, reveals a two-year study conducted at my home. My research also reveals that reading to my kids is bringing out their bookworm gene—going to the library is their idea of a good time. And then there’s the fact that bedtime reading is often the best bonding time we have all day.

As it turns out, some of ways I read to my children are expert-approved techniques to fast-forward kids’ reading skills. There’s a new study out and other proven research on reading strategies that help children learn to do it and develop their language awareness and comprehension, too. Click away for the scoop on the study and for more ways to help kids get more out of reading time. Happily, you’re probably already doing most of them. (And if you’re being forced to read Goodnight Moon for the 479th too, sorry, can’t help you there.)

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10 Proven Ways To Help Kids Learn To Read

Talk about the words on the page as you read

Preschool kids whose teachers explained print concepts as they read to them had more advanced reading skills one and two years later than kids whose teachers didn’t make those references, says a Ohio State University study in the April 2012 issue of the journal Child Development. “Track print as you read—point to the words on the page as you read them,” says Shayne B. Piasta, Ph.D., coauthor of the study and assistant director of the Children’s Learning Collaborative. Get kids to pay attention to letters and words and they’ll do better at word recognition and spelling (and really impress Grandma).

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