Thursday, January 7, 2010

Make It a Habit

Young children do best when they know what to expect. They learn from having regular routines. So make Reading Time a habit. Pick a regular time and place to read together with your young child. It might be in a favorite rocking chair, or on a bed. It might be right before bedtime--or not. Try to figure out the place and time that works best for your schedule and your child's. And then--like brushing teeth or bath time--make it a regular time of the day. Every day.

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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.