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Reading Aloud
"I always stumble because I read too fast."
"I'm afraid my child won't listen to me."
"I was laughed at when I read aloud in school."
Do you have worries like these when you read aloud?  You're not alone. 
Many parents avoid reading aloud to their kids. However, reading aloud is one of the best ways to help your youngster succeed in school. Keep these tips in mind:
* Everybody makes mistakes. If you make mistakes when reading aloud , your child will learn that it's okay for her to do so, too.
*Practice makes perfect. Find a book that you like and read it aloud by yourself until you feel comfortable.
*Involve your youngster in the story. Have her turn the pages. Or read one line and let her read the next.
*Take your time and don't rush the story. Your child can tell if you're in a hurry. Reading slowly will help you read clearly.
*As you feel more comfortable, try changing your voice to show characters' feelings--joy, sadness, fear.  These variations make the story more exciting for both of you!
*Remember that you are helping your child learn to enjoy reading. Try different types of reading materials, such as comic strips and poetry.
*Above all, try to relax and enjoy the time you're spending with your youngster.
This is an excerpt from an Early Years Newsletter- Copyright 2007, 2008 by Resources for Educators, a Division of Aspen Publishers, Inc.
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