Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Hold on to the Holidays

As you begin to get back into life after the winter holidays, consider creating a holiday memory book with your preschooler. You can create it collage-style. Pull together some photos taken of times spent with family and friends. Maybe add a few greeting cards--especially those with photographs of people she knows. And let your preschooler dictate her memories of the season. She may want to draw her own pictures to illustrate her memories. After you have read the book together and reminisced about the recent happy times, put the book away--maybe along with any seasonal decorations you like to use each year. Next year, when you are celebrating again, it will be fun for your preschooler to remember way, way back, a long year ago in the past. And it will be so interesting to notice the difference in your preschooler’s abilities to tell a story. What a difference a year makes!

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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.