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As keen readers, when we read a good story, we create a world in our imaginations, don’t we? We imagine people, landscapes, colours, emotions, sounds, voices, smells, tastes and so on. Try to create the right conditions so that your child can do the same when they read a story. This will be much easier if your child doesn’t get distracted while they’re reading.
Distraction can come from the environment – you need to help your child create a comfortable atmosphere for reading. But readers can also get distracted by the text itself, especially if it has too many difficult words. Help your child choose books that are interesting and challenging, but not too difficult. Of course there may still be words they don’t understand. Try to help your child become confident enough to just keep reading when they find a difficult word. Often, if they don’t worry about a difficult word, the meaning will become clear from the context.
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