Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Ham It Up

When you read to your preschooler, don’t be afraid to make a little noise. Growl. Bark. Add sound effects--a knock on the door or a siren. Sing a line or two. He still likes your singing voice so take advantage of that and have some fun with it. By injecting some variation into your reading-aloud voice you are showing your preschooler that reading is active and fun. He may join in, adding his own effects that become part of your routine whenever you read a particular book. Together you can make this set of sounds your signature version of the book.

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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.