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CSP Spotlight: Reading With Preschoolers

Say how much you enjoy reading together

Tell your child how much you enjoy reading with him or her. Talk about "story time" as the favorite part of your day. Snuggle up close as you read so your child will associate reading with a warm, loving feeling.

Surround your child with books

Try to have books in your home for your child to read. There are many places you can purchase inexpensive books, such as second hand bookstores, garage sales, thrift shops and library book sales. And of course, borrowing books from the library is free!

Let your child choose

Let your child pick out his or her own books. Allowing your child to read what interests him or her is one way that reading becomes fun.

Ask your child questions

Discuss what's happening in the story and point out things on the page. Ask your child questions such as: "What do you think will happen next?" or "What is this?"

Let your child ask you questions

If your child asks a question, stop and answer even if it interrupts the story. Find ways to talk about how the story relates to your child's life.

Read it again and again

Your child may want to hear a favorite story over and over. Go ahead and read the same book for the 100th time! This is beneficial for your child.

Let your child tell you the story

Many children memorize stories they've heard many times. Let your child take a turn "reading" the book to you.

Community Service Programs of West Alabama (CSP), Inc.’s Head Start/Early Head Start and Early Intervention programs engage families and encourage healthy lifestyle choices.  Safe and healthy children are ready to learn and explore their world. 

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