Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Get Your Festive On

Before the holidays—whether it is Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa—pick up some books about the upcoming event. Read about the holiday with your preschooler. Many libraries and bookstores have special displays so it is easy to find books about the holidays.

Of course, it is fun to build anticipation about upcoming holidays. In addition, your child will learn to appreciate the meaning of special days and maybe even understand the reasons behind the celebration. 

 Reading about how families celebrate holidays also gives you a chance to compare your family traditions with those of others. It can also be fun to learn about totally different holidays —ones you usually don’t celebrate. 

Find out about holidays that are observed around the world and in your town, and open your child’s eyes to other cultures and traditions. 

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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.