Tuesday, January 19, 2010

New Book?

Say you are introducing a new book to your child. Read the title. Point out the names of the author and illustrator. Look at the art on the cover. Ask your child to describe what she sees. Ask whether the title and the picture on the cover tell her what the book may be about. See if she can explain what she is predicting. You are used to your preschooler’s why? questions. Turn the tables. Probe gently to see if she can tell you how she arrived at her predictions. Then dive right in and read to find out what this book is all about.

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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.