Read! Read! Read!
Reading to your child is one of the most enjoyable experiences that a parent and child can have. Not only does it allow you time to slow down and focus your attention on each other it also gives your child the gift of a richer vocabulary and deeper background knowledge – both critical to becoming a good reader. But, don’t forget to have your child read aloud to you (or another adult) every day. The ability to read aloud with expression and phrasing (oral reading fluency) is another essential skill that a good reader needs to have. So, take turns reading to each other. Of course, the books may be different, but the benefits will be well worth it.