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Nothing replaces the practice of reading every day at home.  If you don’t already, it’s not too late.  You simply cannot leave it to the classroom teacher to get your child to read.  It’s a skill that is truly best learned at home, snuggled up together with a book and a little time.  I know you have heard it before, but make it part of your everyday routine.  It will easily become something your child looks forward to if you make it a special time for the two of you together.  When your child comes to an unknown word, don’t jump in to read it for him.  Be respectful of your child’s ability to figure it out!  If, after a few seconds, he truly cannot decode it, give him clues.  Help him learn to sound it out by looking at each individual letter and making the letter sound.  If every word in the book is a puzzle, however, the book is probably too hard for him and will cause too much frustration.  In that case, you should become the reader and let your child just listen and follow along.  You can pick an easier book next time.  Set a good example by reading yourself.  Read whatever interests you, but turn off the TV and spend quiet time on the couch reading to yourself.  Your child will see you and emulate your behavior.  Finally, look for enjoyment in your reading.  If you say to your child, “We’ve got to go read now,” but you roll your eyes and use a tone that really says, “It’s time for your daily punishment,” your child is likely to fight you and balk about it.  Use a tone that says you’re excited about spending this time together, learning about new things, enjoying new stories.  If you set the right tone, reading together can be a memorable, bond-forming time with your child.