Thursday, March 18, 2010

Left to Right

As you read aloud to your preschooler, run your finger along, under the words. This is a subtle way of emphasizing the English speakers’ convention of reading words from left to right across the page. It is also a way to emphasize the relationship between the symbols on the page--the letters--and the sounds you are saying. Without making a big deal of it, when you get to the end of a page, ask your child to “turn the page.” Again, this is a subtle way to demonstrate the way readers progress through a 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.