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Good Reasons to Read and Write
Good Reasons To Learn

Parents can be especially helpful in conveying to children the idea that there are good reasons for learning to read and write.
The following are some ideas suggested to parents.

1. Be a role model for reading.
Let your children see you reading different materials for different reasons, and encourage them to do the same.
Give your children books or magazine subscriptions as gifts.
Visit the library on a regular basis. When they print their name, they can receive their own library card.

2. Read to your children every day.
Choose material that interests your child.
Read traditional children’s literature.
Encourage your children to read pictures/familiar stories to you, to each other, and to other members of the family.
Snuggle around the warm glow of bedtime stories.

3. Listen to audio tapes.
Encourage your children to listen to recordings by authors or storytellers.
Make your own recordings of your children’s favorite selections.

4. Provide opportunities for a variety of reading.
Collect simple recipes, and allow your children time to do some cooking.
Leave lots of notes for your children.  Place them on
the fridge door, or in their lunch boxes.  
Sometimes it’s fun to leave notes about tasks and include promised rewards for tasks that are completed.  An example might be:  “Please clean your room when you get home from school.  When you’re finished, we’ll all go out to eat at the shopping center this evening.”
Play board games that encourage turn-taking and/or word play.
Read print in the environment; STOP says stop, EXIT says exit.

5. Provide experiences rich in phonemic awareness.
Read and recite nursery rhymes.
Play rhyming games.
Sing songs.
Dance to rhythm.

6. Be a role model for writing.
Allow your children to see you writing every day for different reasons; business and pleasure.
Keep a journal when traveling as a family so all the members can write about what they see and discover.
Have your children imitate you writing out grocery lists. If your children go with you, have them check off items as you pick them out.

7. Provide ample opportunities for writing.
Setup a writing corner. Have a good selection of materials available. Vary paper by size, color, texture, and shape.
Make your own books by stapling pages together.
Provide writing materials: markers, crayons, pencils.

8. Encourage your children to share what they’ve drawn/written.
Encourage your children to send illustrated thank you notes for presents received.
Encourage your children to write to grandparents and other relatives.

It’s true that we learn to read and write for practical reasons, but it’s also true that reading and writing are tremendous sources of enjoyment.