Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Make Reading Sense-sational!

Here are some ideas for enhancing your reading time with your preschooler. Add special effects!

  • If you are reading about a camping trip, set up a little tent and read by flashlight. 
  • Reading about picking apples? Chew on crisp  apples as you read.
  • Honk a horn when you read about cars and trucks. 
  • 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.


  1. I love this idea! I will definitely try this out with my toddler. :)

    Kim, Mom On Duty

  2. Let me know how it goes. And please share any new things you try that I can share with other parents.


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.