Sunday, December 8, 2013
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
As you start your holiday shopping, consider buying books for everyone on your list. Personal, thoughtful, portable, and relatively inexpensive, books are a perfect and personal gift for young and old.
Is your three-year old obsessed with soccer? Feed that obsession! Is your mother-in-law an avid gardener or a marathon runner? Is your father a creative cook? There will be books to provide inspiration. Browse the shelves or the pages of your favorite online retailer.
And maybe gift yourself while you are at it. Happy shopping! Happy reading!
Thursday, November 14, 2013
A new study confirms the importance of the role that modeling reading behavior plays in raising readers. ". . . Parents who read more for pleasure read more often to their kids, and that both of these parental behaviors were also related to their children’s literacy skills."
Read all about the study here.
And most important, keep reading with your young child--and for yourself!
Saturday, November 9, 2013
After you and your child finish reading a story together, close the book, and ask, "What do you think happens next?" or "What happens the next day?"
This kind of thinking helps your child in a few ways. It encourages your child to use what she already knows about a character or a situation and run with it—to spin some educated guesses based on that information. That is also called making inferences, a skill she will use in school and in life. But for now, unburdened by finding right answers, she is simply stretching her imagination, and engaging in some storytelling of her own.
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Saturday, October 26, 2013
If you elect to buy books, keep the books about that topic together on a shelf. This research project sets the stage for your child to notice different ways to approach a topic. One book might show adorable puppies in photographs, while another is a story about a dog, illustrated in soft pastels. Comparing the two books can help your preschooler notice how they are alike and different.
Thursday, August 15, 2013
You can be reading a book, newspaper, magazine, electronic device, or files on a computer. You can be checking a train schedule, sports scores, or stock prices. You can be following a recipe or trying to decipher instructions for assembling a piece of furniture.
Whenever your preschooler sees you reading--anything--make it into a big deal. Point it out. Show her that you are reading for a purpose--to learn something, to get something done, or just because you love it.
You are your child's first teacher. Show her that reading is a skill you engage in, and find useful and pleasurable. Model being a reader. Don't be shy about it. Get caught reading!
WHAT I THINK . . .
There are all kinds of readers. Some—like my daughter and me—are never without a book to read for pleasure. Others—like my son—are careful, analytical, and curious readers who read primarily to seek information from the page.
No matter what kind of reader your child becomes, you can help him or her get started. After all, you are your child’s first teacher. And, best of all, you can have some fun in the process.
Please feel free to share your own ideas. Tell me about ways you've enjoyed reading with your child.