- Read with your child every day for at least 20 minutes every day.
- Choose books with faces, animals and objects that you can point to and talk about.
- Talk about the words on the page and the sounds the letters make.
- Sing songs together, make up silly rhymes and tell each other stories.
Out and About
- Visit the public library and check out books.
Point out print everywhere you go—at the grocery store, on the bus, at the bank, in church, on street signs.
Talk about the things you see when visiting new places.
- Enroll your child in free universal preschool.
- Advocate for your child.
- Ask your child’s teacher about your child’s reading level.
Q: What are the 20 most important minutes of your day?
A: When you read with your child.
- It improves your child’s success at school and her future academic achievement.
- Your child builds listening skills, vocabulary, memory and language skills.
- Your child develops his imagination and creativity.
- Your child learns information about the world around her.
- Your child is entertained and happy to spend time with you.
- You feel close to your child and bond with him.
- Your child learns the joy of reading.
- Your child learns positive behavior patterns and social values.
- It’s virtually free.