Minnesota Masonic Charities provides important services and contributes to many charitable causes in the name of Minnesota Masonry.

Minnesota Masonic Home’s mission is to provide compassionate, quality care and services to aging adults.

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Providing compassionate and effective identification, treatment and support for childhood communication disorders.

Cozy up to your child…and a book!

We all have heard many times why it is important to read to your child. Reading helps children develop language, vocabulary, attention – all very important. But have you stopped to think about HOW to read to your child?

When reading to my 18-month-old, I sometimes must remind my perfectionist self that I don’t need to read word-for-word. I don’t even need to read front-to-back. And if we don’t finish a book – fine! When reading to toddlers, the exploration is part of the journey, and the fun!

Following his/her lead will keep your child interested, and you can use this as an opportunity to teach about how books work. If he/she wants to flip from the front page to the back, then talk about the beginning and end of the book. If he/she wants to flip back to a favorite page, talk again about what the characters are doing. It is ok to talk as you read – talk about the pictures, the character’s emotions, the sounds that might be in the story (which has led my daughter to let out a loud “Roar!” when she sees the tiger in her zoo book).

Get creative and silly – use fun voices for different characters. Remember, there is no “right” way to read a book. Teaching kids how to have fun while reading is the first step towards them being life-long readers.