The most important academic skill you can teach your child is how to read, but you must do so in a way that they will love reading. This means going at their pace. Do short, light lessons. Be patient. Some kids read early and others are nine-years-old before they catch on. If you do it right, you'll foster avid readers, and then they will teach themselves about so many things. A few more tips about reading:
- Giving awards for reading doesn't help a child learn to love reading.
- Read out loud and often to your child. Be enthusiastic about books!
- Use your library often.
- Let your child see you reading your own books.
- Let your child pick whatever books they want. Don't discourage books that are "too young" or "too hard" for your child. Let them pick what they want.
- You can pick books you want your child to read and read it with them. But always let them have the books they want to read.
- If they want to read nothing but graphic novels, that's okay! That's reading!