Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Defining Moments 1

Take a moment to introduce your preschooler to some of the features of books. He may not know simple things that you take for granted. Point out the author’s name. Use the word “author,” as well as “writer.” Explain that this is the name of the person who wrote the book. Do the same for the illustrator, or artist. If possible, locate photographs of the author and illustrator inside the book or on the back cover. Having a photo to look at gives your child a way to make a connection between the book in his hands and the idea that real people had something to do with creating it.

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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.

Madeline Boskey, Ph.D.