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Nurture an early love of books and help your kids do better in school by exposing them to reading at every stage. As a toddler, your child's coordination improves; she'll begin making marks on a page, a critical stage in her reading readiness. "Drawing and pretend writing help your child grasp the complex process of reading," says J. Richard Gentry, Ph.D., author of Raising Confident Readers. You can help: Provide easy access to crayons, markers, and other drawing materials. And ask her to make a picture to go with a story she likes -- not a copy, but her interpretation.
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