Thursday, January 20, 2011

A Sense-Sational Read

Enhance your reading time with your preschooler. Add special effects! For example, if you are reading about a camping trip, set up a little tent and read by flashlight. Light a vanilla scented candle when you read about baking cookies. Honk a horn when you read about cars and trucks. Save a book about a ship or a day at the beach to read during bath time. Play classical music when you read a ballet story. Adding the senses to your reading time makes the book more memorable and allows you to create a unique shared experience with your child.

13 comments:

  1. Nice examples. What about reading books about nature outdoors? This would work only in nice weather, obviously!

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  2. What a perfect, simple idea! Love it.

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  3. Great ideas! I'm following you now from bloggymoms! I'm excited to scroll through all your ideas.

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  4. I'm posting a link to your site today from mine, because this idea is too great not to share! :-)

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  5. Great ideas for engaging readers!! Love it!

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  7. This is genius advice! I never thought to do this with my kids. You ARE reaching your goal of helping parents read with their kids. Keep it up!
    I think I remember you said you are working on writing a book to help parents read with their children. Am I right? If you are, how's it going? I'm sure you'll do an outstanding job.

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  8. I love these ideas! I have a similar post coming out next month but not with the same ideas. Is it okay if I put a link in my post to this one? I'd love if my readers could see these great ideas as well!

    I'm so glad I found this blog! I have enjoyed books since I was little and believe that the love of reading is one of the best gifts we can give to our children!

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  9. Wonderful ideas! My family is full of readers, my three kiddos (12,9 and 4) love to read and be read to! I have to have a book going at all times, although I love the feel of a real book in my hands (even the smell of books), I am loving my new NOOK color I received for Christmas. :)
    I am following you feel free to do the same. :)
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  10. What great information. I look forward to reading your blog. I am your newest follower from Bloggy Moms. Please stop back and follow me as well.

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  11. Love your blog! I am now a follower from Bloggy Moms. Would love for you to follow me back.
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  12. Sweet idea and I will definitely try it - and great idea for a blog.
    NNHM xx
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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.