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These activities have no-cost, no calories and require no batteries! Many of the things you do to help your child learn to read are easy, free and fun. You probably do many of these things without even knowing it. Just 20 minutes a day makes a big difference.

You count! Everything families do to nurture and protect their children makes a difference. No matter when a child enters school, parents and other family members are the first people in a child’s life to appreciate who they are and what they do. By encouraging curiosity, communicating family values, and genuinely appreciating the child, families establish a strong foundation for learning that lasts a lifetime.

The people in the child’s home are their first teachers. By talking, telling stories and singing to and with young children, adults help children learn a language. Young children are more likely to thrive in school when they know lots of words and are able to express their ideas and needs. Spending time talking, reading and playing with your child helps increase their vocabulary, makes them feel good about themselves, and helps them begin school eager and ready to continue learning!



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