WNY Family Magazine September 2018 - Page 7

Reading Is Fundamental Suggestions  Establish a regular time and place for daily read- aloud sessions, such as before bed or during bath time.  Keep on hand a variety of reading materials: picture books, chapter books, atlases, diction- aries, magazines, and newspapers. Get library cards for everyone and use them often. Encour- age your child to swap books with friends. Give books as gifts.  Have plenty of paper and writing tools.  Store books and writ- ing materials in places children can reach.  Have frequent conversa- tions with each child, as well as with the family as a whole. Parents should encourage everyone to express their ideas, opinions, and feelings.  Reinforce language and literacy skills by doing puzzles and playing games that reinforce literacy, such as Lotto, Candy Land, Old Maid, Concentration, Scrabble, and Trivial Pursuit. September 2018 WNY Family 7