Saturday, January 23, 2010

A Difference in Taste

You’ve just sat down with your favorite book from your own childhood. You cannot wait to read it to your preschooler. But he hates it. He won’t sit still. He tells you it’s stupid. So what do you do? Drop it. Read one of his favorites instead. Your child is expressing his opinion, and that is just fine. He is developing his own tastes in what he reads. You’ve probably already noticed that the two of you don’t see eye-to-eye on everything. Your treasured book that evokes such warm feelings in you is just the latest example. So be 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.