Sunday, March 28, 2010

My Word!

Help build your preschooler's vocabulary by emphasizing the names for things. For example, if you pass a dump truck, talk about the function of the truck and how it may have gotten its name. Be playful. Make up a riddle to encourage interest in and enthusiasm for words. For example, “What do we call that round yummy circle that tastes good with milk? Right! A cookie.” Then have your child make her own riddle for you to guess.


  1. What great timing for the riddle post -- my four-year-old and I were playing riddles today! He'd walk around the sandbox, and when he'd reach where I was sitting, I'd be the "troll" from Billy Goats Gruff, and present him with a riddle to solve in order to pass by me. (example: I have branches, I have leaves, and I have acorns. What am I? Answer: an oak tree) He loved it!

  2. So a riddle became a full-blown game! I love that idea. And he was learning all about the characteristics of an oak tree at the same time.


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.