" Many New Year’s resolutions focus on developing healthy habits. Here’s one that is important to make and keep: provide a regular diet of books and reading for your preschooler. You feed and care for your child every day so that he will grow into a healthy, happy preschooler. Similarly, you also need to provide experiences that will enhance language development and stimulate learning skills, thereby doing your part to raise a reader. "

Read Every Day

If you want to raise a reader, you will need to make sure to give them a steady diet of books. A daily reading routine will give all the readers in your family a chance to read with your preschooler. Dads, moms, siblings, caregivers and friends can all be part of ensuring your preschooler gets 20 minutes of reading each day. 

Do Things Then Talk About It

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It’s great to offer new experiences to your preschoolers, such as a visit to the zoo or museum, but a trip to the grocery store or the park can be just as educational. Talk about what you are seeing. Ask your preschooler what they think of it. When possible, use interesting words to describe what you are seeing. 

Be a Reading Model

What better way to raise a reader then by reading yourself! Your child wants to imitate you and be like you. Have plenty of reading material for yourself as well as for your child. Tell your child how much you enjoy reading.

Keep your Pulse on Progress

Please be sure to see your child’s pediatrician or teacher as soon as possible if you have concerns about your child’s language development, hearing, or sight.

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