Saturday, October 2, 2010

Be a Guest Reader

If your child's preschool teacher is amenable, and your child gives you the OK, arrange to visit your child's classroom to read a book at story time. Teachers may appreciate letting someone else take a turn. Plus they know it is good for children to experience all different kinds of readers. Consult with your child about book choices. For a shy child, sharing something about himself by having you read one of his favorite books, can be a way to make him feel more comfortable as he makes his adjustments to school. His classmates will get to learn a little bit more about him. Meanwhile you'll have a chance to meet the children and see the environment where your child spends his days.


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    I work as an early childhood specialist, and I know preschool teachers would love it if more families would do this! The kiddos would love it too. Thanks for posting this great idea.

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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.