Thursday, March 11, 2010

In Your Own Words

Here’s something to try after reading a new story book. Ask your child to tell the story in her own words. She may want to page though the book again, using the illustrations as clues, retelling the story in her own words. She may recall some of the story in the exact words you read aloud--especially if the language is especially memorable or compelling. Or she may put her unique spin on the story!

1 comment:

  1. This is good for children in so many ways! Comprehension, confidence, attention, story structure ... I know from having three children very close in age, having a parent's undivided attention is a treat! I wish I would've done this more when my children were young.


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.