Thursday, September 2, 2010

Last Call for Summer Memories

If you and your preschooler worked on a book about his summer activities, such as vacations, family visits, and other events, this is a a good time to either finish the book or create one. Let him dictate to you and he can illustrate it or use photos and other souvenirs. Read it together. It will be a nice way to relive the memories of summer and will give him a refresher on what he might have forgotten. If he is starting at preschool, it is likely that when school opens one of the conversations will be about what children did over the summer. Having just recalled his own happy experiences, he may be inclined to share his memories with his teacher and classmates.

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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.