Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Power of Pictures

Pictures can tell a story. When your preschooler draws pictures, ask her what is happening. Let her narrate. You can write the description on the picture. Perhaps she will want to draw multiple pictures to illustrate an event she enjoyed or weave a made-up tale. In school, as she begins to learn to write, her very first stories will be told in drawings. You are showing her the power of her words through pictures.


  1. I Love this post. I love pictures and I love my daughters pictures. I actually have her works of art framed and hanging in the kitchen. Great photos!

  2. My four year old amazes me with the details he comes up with when telling stories about his pictures. Found you on Monday Mingle! :) Have a great day!

  3. Hi, Madeline. It appears that we have a heck of a lot in common. I have been Literacy/Reading teacher for over ten years. I love literature and I enjoy instilling a love of literature in my children and in my students. I am following you from Monday Mingle and look forward to getting to know you.

  4. Great Pictures! I loved the years that I got to read to my children:) They are too old now. Have fun and enjoy these wonder years. Enjoying the Monday Mingle...Thanks!

  5. My son is 2( he will be 3 in Feb) and he is starting to draw and tell me what things are. I've also caught him role playing. :) . Thanks for the follow and the comment! :) I think your blog is great!


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.