Saturday, July 2, 2011

Trains, Planes, and Buses

If your summer travel plans involve trains, planes, and buses, they also involve schedules. Use the opportunity to point out to your preschooler departure and arrival boards or printed schedules. Explain that flights might be named with a code number. Show him that a destination might be abbreviated. Make a point of reading the schedule aloud. This is a perfect way to show your child the importance of reading for making his way through the world.


  1. I'm enjoying reading the tips on your blog - I try to read to and with my children whenever I can, & use books which tie in with the activities we do that day.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Kristina :)

    (Found you through Bloggy Moms)

  2. PS. I just grabbed your button and added it to my site - first time I've done this:)

  3. Kristina,
    Thanks for your nice comments.

  4. Hi Mad for Reading
    Reading your astute & thoughtful blogs made me think:
    Reading to your child is like sharing a part of yourself- as a mother. As you choose a certain book, its message or character might spark a thought or memory in your child. Maybe they will remember our "favorite" books long after we might expect. Your pal, Ellen

  5. Absolutely! I think that emotional component is so important. The bonding and comfort and good memories . . .

  6. What a great blog!! I'm a new follower from Bloggy Moms. We just started a family book review blog this summer. My daughters are 7 & 11 and we love to read too. On our blog, we add their thoughts for Children's, teen and some Young Adult books that are appropriate for them. Our blog is if you want to check it out.


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.