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Reading Rules!


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Don’t be a book snob. There might be books that you feel are low-level or less important than those considered classics. In reality, though, reading low-level books that your children love might help them fall in love with reading. This can lead them to love reading in general.

Ask an expert. When you have a medical problem, you see a doctor. If you have a problem with your car, you see a mechanic. And, if you have a problem with reading, it’s best to get advice on books. Of course, there are easy ways to get book advice for free – teachers, librarians, and bookshop owners. People who read and deal with books on a daily basis are the best to ask for suggestions of books that your children will love.

Make reading routine. We have so many routines in our lives – brushing our teeth morning and night, and washing our hands before we eat. Why not include a reading routine as well? When we make reading part of our daily or weekly schedule, we teach our children to pick up a book without even thinking about it.

Now that you know the benefits of reading and the reading rules, you are armed with some great tools that can help you get your kids reading. It can change their lives!

About the Author: An acclaimed educator and education consultant, Mrs. Rifka Schonfeld has served the Jewish community for close to thirty years. She founded and directs the widely acclaimed educational program, SOS, servicing all grade levels in secular as well as Hebrew studies. A kriah and reading specialist, she has given dynamic workshops and has set up reading labs in many schools. In addition, she offers evaluations G.E.D. preparation,, social skills training and shidduch coaching, focusing on building self-esteem and self-awareness. She can be reached at 718-382-5437 or at rifkaschonfeld@verizon.net. Visit her on the web at rifkaschonfeldsos.com.


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