Tips from the Vance County Parenting Task Force

Reading aloud is beneficial
Mar. 26, 2014 @ 10:41 AM


The sound of your voice and the intimacy of sharing bring pleasure to your child even before she understands all the words.

While reading aloud to your child you should:

• Sit comfortably away from distractions.

• Read short stories.

• Read slower than regular conversation.

• Change voices for different characters.

• Hold the book so she can see the pictures.

• Read with enthusiasm.

For two- and three-year-olds, read stories about people, actions, activities, familiar ideas and animals.

Substitute the name of your child for an exciting or pleasing character.

Source: Developed by James E. Van Horn, Ellen Y. Matten and Natalie for Penn State University publication