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U of L professor talks back-to-school preparation

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's back-to-school time, and getting students back in the habit of studying can be a challenge. WDRB's Chris Sutter sat down with University of Louisville literacy professor Christine Sherretz to talk about the best ways to get your child ready for the start of the school year.

Sherretz says one of the most important ways to help a student get ready for the classroom is to make sure he or she is reading regularly at home.

"You want to make sure they have books that they are engaged in and that they're interested in. That's imperative," Sherretz says.

She also says it's crucial to remember that kids can experience reading in several different ways.

"Remember that you can listen to [kids] reading, you can listen to kids books on tape, and also that you can read aloud to your child."

Sherretz emphasized talking with kids about their individual goals and plans for the school year, and letting them know that hard work is what makes the difference in grades and in how much they learn.

"Kids need to know that their success is based on hard work and effort," Sherretz says. "It's not based on what teacher they have."

Of course, a big part of getting kids ready to go back to school is making the process fun, rather than a chore.

"Don't make your child sit down and do workbook pages," Sherretz says. "The best thing you can do is have these conversations about books, about their hopes and dreams, and make it a lot of fun."

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