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An examination of the literature on how parents reading with their children affects children's interest and ability in reading was informative. Especially useful were 3 articles--those of Scarbrorough, Dorbrich, and Hager (1991); Ridout (1992); and Martin (1993). The first article states that not all children follow in their parents' desire for them to love reading. Even though parents may read aloud to their children, some children are uninterested. Children who become poor readers typically amuse themselves with books, on their own, about 2-3 times a week, while children who become normal readers typically read daily. The Ridout article attests that when parents read very little to children and infrequently listen to them read aloud, the children will become poor readers. The focus in the article by Martin is on the benefits of reading aloud to one another for both adults and children. Children will learn how to read well only if they are read to from the time that they are young. (Contains 7 references.) (CR)

Descriptors: Early Experience, Emergent Literacy, Family Literacy, Habit Formation, Parent Participation, Parents as Teachers, Reading Ability, Reading Achievement, Reading Aloud to Others, Reading Attitudes, Reading Habits, Reading Interests, Reading Motivation, Reading Skills

Author: Chesney, Mailisha


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