When your child starts kindergarten, he or she may get a book buddy or book pal — an older child, in Grade 6 or 7, who will read with your child, over and over, several times a week.
You can do this in your home, beginning in the preschool years. Older brothers and sisters, relatives, babysitters, friends and neighbours can all be book buddies or book pals with your child. Encourage and support this kind of reading. Your child will enjoy it and will be comfortable with it by the time he or she reaches school.
Never. Make your house a reading home when your child is born and maintain it forever. Start early and never stop.
Children, "tweens" (11-14 years old), teens, young adults and adults enjoy reading and being read to if they are confident and comfortable with it. These experiences are drawn from the earliest childhood years when you the "parent teacher," were doing the teaching.