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Health Tip: Prepare Your Child for Reading

(HealthDay News) -- Generally, a child will learn to read when he or she is ready. But there are things you can do to encourage your child to develop a fondness for reading.

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests:

  • As you read, run your finger below the words to show your child that words carry the story.
  • Use excited, animated voices for animal characters and don't be afraid to have fun and get your child excited.
  • Take time to look at the pictures and to ask your child questions.
  • If there is a phrase repeated in the story, ask your child to join in.
  • Compare events in a book to similar events in your child's life.
  • Answer any questions from your children, which can help them verbalize their thoughts.
  • Continue reading to your child, even after the child has learned to read.
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