正如不同的食物能帶來不同的功效，不同的閱讀材料能豐富孩子的詞彙。有些食物– 例如零食小吃 – 簡簡單單、樂趣無窮。雖然零食的營養價值不高，但我們的身體照樣會吸取所需的養分而將沒有用的部分排出。同樣地，學習也一樣要有樂趣。因此，除了那些絕對不適合的內容之外，讓孩子盡量多接觸各種文字體材吧。孩子會將他所讀到的都吸收進腦，建立起一個強勁的語文基礎，同時令他的語文運用變得更靈活敏捷。
Read plenty of books, magazines, short stories in as many different genres as possible. Fiction seems to naturally be the easiest because children love to learn about different stories, but remember, there are so many other types of writing to read. For example: current events, recipes, science, religious, poems, song lyrics, plays, instructions, history, comics, pop-culture, and even tabloids.
Just as there are different foods for different purposes, there are different types of materials we can use to increase our kids’ vocabulary. The purpose of some foods – such as junk food – is simply to be fun. It isn’t nutritious but your body still uses it and extracts what it needs while excreting what it does not. The thing is, learning Chinese and reading it should be fun. So short of completely inappropriate materials, provide your child with as many varieties of writing as possible. All of it will be incorporated within your children’s memory to provide a robust and agile linguistic foundation.