In a world that is slowly but surely turning away from books and getting
glued to monitors or television screens, the importance of developing a
passion for reading cannot be overlooked. Reading is a habit and should be
established when the child is relatively young. What can you do to foster
this habit?

Lisa Alexander Dunnigan began her career as a seventh-grade teacher, at Carrollton Junior High School, in Carrollton, GA. She went on to hold positions of increasing responsibility, at Douglas County Schools in Douglas, GA, including School Counselor, Assistant Principal, and Principal. In 2012, due to the multiple instructional gains made by her staff and students during her tenure, Lisa became the Title I Executive Director for the Douglas County School System. She recently retired and will work on The Wright Stuff Chics, Teach Your Heart Out and her family nonprofit, The Pink Santa Hat Movement, Inc.

Media Expert Nakita Nicci caught up with the educator to learn about more tips during the quarantine pandemic.

Enroll your child for online reading classes:
There are many well structured after school reading classes that aim to
draw the children to books. They help kids with diction, idioms, and
phrases. For young children, these classes can be fun with animated
characters and pictures. Illustrated picture books, rhymes, silly songs
and pretend stories all attract the young child. Use creativity to capture
the child’s vivid imagination.

Pique your child’s interest:
If your child has a favorite character, pick a series of books that
features this character. For my son, it was Spiderman. Thanks to friendly
neighborhood spidey, my son latched on to comics fairly early in his

Build a home-library:
A skill like reading cannot be learned in isolation. Do not leave all the
hard work to the after school program. Pick up books that you think your
child will like. The Internet is also a rich resource of reading games
that will attract little children to the fine art of reading.

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