Sunday, April 28, 2013

Talk About Titles

After you finish reading a book together, ask your preschooler why he thinks the author chose that particular name for the book. For example, you might ask, “Do you think Corduroy is a good name for this book? Why or why not?” Have your child try to explain his opinion. You can ask questions to help him think about the reasons. For example, you could say, “Lisa is the girl in the book. Why do you think that the author didn’t name this book Lisa?” Then, ask your preschooler, “Can you think of another title that would be good for this book?” Have some fun together, coming up with some alternative titles. In addition to having fun, you are helping your preschooler think analytically--a thinking skill that will be ctitical to his academic success in the years to come.

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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.