While we are on the subject...
Whether kids are in this stage of reading learning or not, and whether you are a parent, teacher, relative, or friend, one of the best gifts you can give the children in your life is to read out loud to them. Children comprehend on a much higher level than they are capable of reading at, so they should still be read to even after they have learned to read on their own. Reading out loud promotes reading comprehension, compassion and an ability to relate to the world, curiosity, a context for learning, better academic performance in all subjects, vocabulary building, and a genuine love and enjoyment of reading. Furthermore, it is a bonding and fun experience to share a good book with an eager child. It's never too early or too late to start read out loud to kids. Lead by example--let them catch you reading for fun. Enthusiasm is contagious. If you struggle with reading, audiobooks and storybook podcasts are wonderful resources.
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