Your 6 3/4-year-old: Raising a reader

Your 6 3/4-year-old: Raising a reader

Your 6-year-old now

As your child begins to read, your challenge is to keep nurturing his enthusiasm for the printed word. Encourage him to read anything – ask questions about words on cereal boxes, signs, comic books, the sports page. Even using the closed captioning during screen time can help boost reading skills. Keep a stash of reading material in the car.

Visit the library and bookstores often. Try using books as an incentive for good behavior, and let him choose them. Beginning readers can be intimidated by text-heavy books and may go back to their tried-and-true picture books. That's okay. Even if you feel something isn't demanding enough, remember the goal here: to keep him excited about reading.

Read those more challenging books together and continue making them available around the house. Early readers often read the same book over and over, or may latch onto a series and refuse to read anything new. Again, as long as he's reading, let him enjoy it.

To keep reading fun instead of a chore, incorporate his love of books into other activities. For his birthday, consider a theme that revolves around his favorite story. Let him be Captain Underpants one day or convert the basement into Hogwarts. He may even be interested in dictating a letter to his favorite author.

Your life now

Ever get caught without a birthday present on hand for your child's friend, and hard-pressed for the time to run to the store before the party? Consider stocking up on kids' gifts. Buy multiples the next time there's a sale on a basic item – art supplies, balls and other sports equipment, and puzzles are always safe bets. Or purchase a few gift cards to likely destinations, such as a toy store, sporting-goods store, or bookstore. (Be mindful of expiration dates.) Don't forget cards and gift wrap. And stash everything somewhere your own future birthday boy won't be able to find and raid.

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