Mem Fox's 10 Reading Aloud Commandments
1. Spend at least 10 wildly happy minutes reading aloud.
2. Read at least three stories a day. It could be the same story three times. Children need to hear a thousand stories before they learn to read.
3. Read aloud with animation. Listen to your own voice and don't be dull, flat or boring. Be loud, have fun and laugh a lot.
4. Read with joy and enjoyment for yourself and the listeners.
5. Read stories that the kids love - over and over again - and always read the same "tune" for each book: ie. with the same intonations on each page, each time. Children learn by mimicking and rhythm.
6. Let children hear lots of language by talking to them constantly Sing any old song. Say nursery rhymes in a bouncy way. Or be noisy together doing clapping games.
7. Look for rhyme, rhythm or repetition in books for young children and make sure the books are short.
8. Play games with the things that you and the child can see on the page, such as finding the the letters that start the child's name and yours; remembering that it's never work, it's a fabulous game.
9. Never, ever teach reading or get tense around books.
10. Read aloud every day because you love being with your child, not because it's the right thing to do.
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