My 18-year-old daughter, Andria, was about six when she began reading fluently. One day, when my sister complimented her on her reading ability, Andria replied with a sigh, “Yes it’s opened up a whole new world to me!”My sister thought this statement was hilarious coming from a child, but I recognized it as one of the carrots I’d dangled before Andria as encouragement. And it’s true! A child’s world is forever expanded and enriched when he becomes a reader.
Parents can have a big impact on reading development. Children who read well come from homes where there are plenty of books, magazines, and newspapers and where everyone reads them. Children who read well have parents who encourage reading and make time for it.
But helping your child learn to read doesn’t only have to mean using books from the library or from the store. You can make a book of your own—a nonsense book!