How important is it, you say? Well, everyone is doing it!! It really is important to read with your kids. And not just reading to your kids, but reading with your kids. There are lots of ways to get your child ready to read, even when they are 2, 3, and 4 years old.

While teaching, I came across these great parent tips for reading with your child. It is by Patti Sollenberger and called Reading Matters. This is a PDF file that you can buy and download. It gives tips for before reading, while reading, and after reading. I love it. I gave it to all my student’s Parents as a fun Bookmark.

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When you have children that are ready to read, read through this great poem written by Richard N. Krogh. It’s a tongue twister!

A Reason or Two Why It’s Hard to Read:

I take it you already know
Of tough and bough and cough and dough?
Others may stumble, but not you,
On hiccough, thorough, slough and through?
Well done! And now you wish, perhaps,
To learn of less familiar traps?
Beware of heard, a dreadful word
That looks like beard and sounds like bird,
And dead: it’s said like bed, not bead -
For goodness sake don’t call it deed!
Watch out for meat and great and threat
(They rhyme with suite and straight and debt).
A moth is not a moth in mother,
Nor both in bother, broth in brother,
And here is not a match for there
Nor dear and fear for bear and pear,
And then there’s dose and rose and lose -
Just look them up – and goose and choose,
And cork and work and card and ward,
And font and front and word and sword,
And do and go and thwart and cart -
Come, come, I’ve hardly made a start.
A dreadful language? Man alive,
I’d mastered it when I was five.