Life is busy, but it is important to save a few minutes to read each day. Help your child practice reading at home by reading a book together. When you share a book with your child you can model good reading habits, like identifying new vocabulary words. Readers of all ages and abilities encounter new words while reading. Good readers are able to pause and acknowledge a new word, infer its meaning, and check their understanding of the new word in the context of the passage. While reading with your child highlight new or interesting words, make connections to other words or phrases they may already know that have the same meaning, and try to use the new word in casual conversations around the home. The more interactions your child has with a new word the more likely they are to own that word and use it successfully in their reading and writing.