Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Learn Something New

Learn something new (yes, you). Show your child that you too, as an adult are learning. Send the message that learning is something you do for a lifetime. Say you see something interesting on TV—maybe a program about a time in history that intrigues you or an endangered animal species. Mention that you want to learn more about that topic. Then take your child to the library with you or to a bookstore, or even sit her beside you at the computer. Show her how you do the research and tell her what you are learning. 

This is a good way to help your child understand that reading is a way to learn about things—even for adults! That sounds simple and obvious, but your child might not really understand the power that reading provides. Model it. Help her gain an appreciation for the value of reading to learn.

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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.