The first thing, the last thing, and every thing in between that your child's teacher will tell you is READ TO YOUR KID. Reading to them or with them for 20 minutes a day will go a long way toward their successful in school, and in life. They are not kidding.
Here's how I look at it: Learn to read. Read a lot. Exercise imagination. Acquire big vocabulary and conceptual thinking skills. Ace SATs. Save your mother money because you got a college scholarship.
All that starts with reading.
I started reading to both of my boys when they were days old. And it hasn't stopped yet. Even though my oldest is 16, we just die laughing reading David Sedaris out loud together. And we still love to take turns passing around the original Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle to read aloud as well.
My youngest? At age 7 he's already developed quite the sense of humor. I've put together a list of books that he thinks are hilarious. And that's one key component to getting a kid to love reading...entertainment. When they're having fun doing something, they keep doing it. That includes reading.
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