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“Helping Your Child Learn”

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Parent tips from the Utah Education Association

Reading and Writing – Make Reading A Habit

Research shows that children who are read to in their early years are more successful in school.

Make reading a habit in your home, for both you and your child. Seeing parents enjoying a book is a strong image for children. Each night before bed, read to your child for at least 20 minutes. If the child is learning to read, ask him or her to read to you.

For older children, set 30 minutes aside each night for family reading time when everyone reads. Keep plenty of reading materials available — books, magazines and newspapers. Be sure the material is appealing, and not always another textbook. Let your kids see you reading and they're more likely to pick up the habit for themselves.