Saturday, November 13, 2010

Word by Word

You may have heard that it is a good idea to run your finger along a line of text as you read to your child. Why should you do this? It is a way of helping your preschooler learn that those mysterious marks on the page actually have meaning. You are teaching your child that there is a relationship between the sounds you utter and the letters that make up words. Your child may imitate you and run his finger along as he "reads" to you. Don't worry about accuracy. He will get there eventually. Learning to read is a process. Letter by letter, word by word, in time he will become a reader.


  1. love the message your blog is sending!

    visiting from mom's tree house! Thanks for the post!

  2. Hello from BloggyMoms - what a great tip! I am a ferociously avid reader and hope my boy will be one too. I'll be back for more tips!

    (But don't tell anyone I said this, because I have a bad-mommy reputation to keep!)

  3. Hi Madeline! I just stopped by to let you know I've left you The Versatile Blogger award on my blog.


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  5. this is all great advice, I'm a mother of 4 in Qatar, thanks for all the helpful information.



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.