"Children must be able to read by third grade," Governor Mitch Daniel says. In a speech given earlier this year by our governor, he felt that a child who couldn't read at grade level should be held back a year and given additional help. Here's how YOU, the child's parent, can help prevent that from happening. You must start early in your child's life. In fact, your child started learning the moment he or she was born. By talking, playing with, and caring for your baby each day, you are helping your baby develop language skills necessary to becoming a reader. When you read to your baby, you are fostering a love of books and reading. Following are some tips:
Choose baby-friend books. Books with bright and bold or high-contrast illustrations are easier for young babies to see. Board books with sturdy cardboard pages are easier for baby to handle.