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“Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.” – Mason Cooley 
"Literacy—the ability to read and write—is essential to fully developing a sense of well-being and citizenship. Children who are solid readers perform better in school, have a healthy self-image, and become lifelong learners, adding to their viability in a competitive world. " www.rif.org

Reading aloud to children is important because it helps them learn life skills. Reading:

  • Develops knowledge of printed letters and words, and the relationship between sound and print.
  • Exposes them to the meaning of words.
  • Teaches how books work, and a variety of writing styles.
  • Shows the world in which they live.
  • Adds to their schema.
  • Demonstrates the difference between written language and everyday conversation.
  • Shares the joy of reading.
  • Allows for the ability to stay focused for periods of time.
CHOOSE A BOOK THAT IS A GOOD FIT FOR YOU!

Read two or three pages and ask yourself these questions:

  • Will it be an easy, fun book to read?
  • Do I understand what I am reading?
  • Do I know almost every word?
  • When I read it aloud, can I read it smoothly?
  • Do I think the topic will interest me?

If most of your answers were "yes", this will be an easy book to read independently by yourself.

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