1. Show your child how to use books/websites to read answers to your questions.
2. Read a recipe to make a meal.
3. Listen to audiobooks in the car or before bed (listening helps kids with word proficiency when they see it in print later).
4. Read the print that is all around you throughout the day (labels, signs, etc.).
5. Look up the definition of a new word.
6. Take a book wherever you go, so you can squeeze in a spontaneous storytime.
7. Read and re-read favorite books over and over again!
8. After reading a story, act it out together.
9. Read to your child as they play in the bath.
10. Read something short: a poem, nursery rhyme, or silly tongue twister.
11. Point out the first letter in your child’s name wherever you see it.
12. Create a story together: using an illustration made by your child, write down a story your child tells you about it. Read this story together.
13. Read aloud jokes and riddles (who doesn’t love a knock knock joke?!)
14. Help your child build a reading nook for a special storytime.
15. Share your family schedule for the day/week by reading from your calendar.
For more tips, check out our section on reading routines in the Parent Center.