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6 Powerful Ideas for Reading with Kids

Huffington Post

Reading daily to our children is important for both the pleasure it brings in its own right and for the future benefits it promises for academic, professional, and even economic success. Over the last 23 years I've been teaching students and teachers how to make reading playful and engaging. I've enjoyed using some of the ideas from my classrooms with my now 3-year-old daughter, Sandra. The most important thing we do is reading together every night before bed. Sandra always has the choice of reading with Mommy (Spanish) or Daddy (English). We've done this since the day she was born. It might seem that for babies, since they cannot speak, reading to them is unnecessary. However, research has demonstrated the importance of reading to children from the earliest age. In addition to our nightly ritual, here are few ideas for making reading an interactive journey.

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