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    by: shrini sanchita

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    1 : Story Reading Session September 2010
    2 : "There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is the best of all." — Jacqueline Kennedy
    3 : "No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting. She will not want new fashions nor regret the loss of expensive diversions or variety of company if she can be amused with an author in her closet.“ — Lady Montagu, providing advice on raising her granddaughter, 1752
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    5 : Builds a lifelong interest in reading Helps children with language and speech development Expands vocabulary and teaches pronunciation Prepares children for school (same way as in a school situation) Benefits of reading aloud to a child
    6 : Children and parents can use it as a bonding time(a one-to-one communication ,it gives children the attention they crave) Builds attention span and hones listening skills Develops curiosity , creativity and imagination
    7 : Helps gain confidence in expressing clearly and confidently Exposes them to new situation , preparing him/her to encounter these situations Experience the rhythm and melody of language even before they learn the written or printed word
    8 : Children who are read to by their parents perform better at school Older children learn grammar and sentence structure Children who are read to as a ritual (in the evening) go to bed easier
    9 : Tips on reading to your child Since your child imitates you ,make reading a habit, so your child thinks it is a part of life Do not force the child to read ,instead make it a pleasurable experience for him Make a habit of reading to your child at the same time several times a week. Choose a time when both of you are relaxed
    10 : Children enjoy reading some books repeatedly , do not discourage him from doing so . He grasps things better with repeated reading Choose a book that will be of interest to your child and is age appropriate Run your fingers under the print – your child will understand that letters and words are symbols of communication
    11 : Expose her/him to a variety of books Keep the books accessible to the child. A child should be able to reach it whenever he/she likes Take books to read on long trips
    12 : Books can prepare your child to changes in his/her life . Example –shifting into a new house or the birth of a baby in the family Teach your child to treasure books and keep it with respect . Teach him to keep it clean and in good condition
    13 : Make reading a book more entertaining to your child – and to you It is not just what you are reading that matters, but also how you read it. You may tell the story in your own words if the words on the book is too complex for your child, and you don't want him to lose interest. Ways of reading aloud to your child
    14 : Give your child time to make the most out of every page of the book. Encourage him to look at the pictures, point out objects, repeat words, and talk about the story. Ask questions to keep your child involved in the story e.g. “Who did that?”, “What is she doing?” “What is that called?”. “Why do you think it happened?” “What do you think will happen next?”
    15 : After reading a book, take time to ask your child question about what he liked or didn’t like about the story. To build your child’s vocabulary, ask him about where an object is in the book. Praise him every time he points or names an object.
    16 : Thank You. Happy Reading! "You may have tangible wealth untold. Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold. Richer than I you can never be I had a mother who read to me.“ — Strickland Gillilan

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