Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Souvenirs of Summer

If you take a family trip, be sure to collect some souvenirs that your preschooler can use to make a memory book. Photos and postcards are easy to slip into a scrapbook or glue to card stock. Shells, leaves, and pebbles can be glued as well. Have your preschooler dictate to you her memories of days at the lake or the beach. You may want to pack your supplies. If you have a rainy day on vacation, making a book can be an enjoyable activity. Or, after you are home and unpacked, creating a memory book is a perfect way for you and your child to relive a special time. It may become her new favorite 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.