Try to set aside time to read every day - perhaps before naptime and bedtime. Also look for opportunities to read on-the-go to make reading part of your child's everyday routine. Children will better understand their surroundings if you read the world around them.
- Read your shopping list with your child and ask him to help you find the items.
- Read the food labels on everything from soup cans to cereal boxes.
- Read road signs and billboards when you're out driving.
- Bring books with you wherever you go. Keep a few books in your diaper bag to fill time waiting at the doctor's office or a bus stop.
- Arrange day trips related to a book you just read. For example, if your child enjoyed a story about fire trucks, take a trip to your local fire station.
- Visit your local library often and encourage your child to get a free library card. Many libraries offer activities for kids, including free story times.