Thursday, September 15, 2016

Get to School!

Now that the school year has begun, consider a visit to your child's classroom to read aloud with your child’s class. Once the teacher has given the OK, also be sure your child agrees with this plan. And ask him which book he wants to share with the class. Then, schedule the visit. (If he is hesitant, wait a month or two and ask again. He may well change his mind as he becomes more comfortable in the classroom.)

Visiting the classroom is a good way to keep an open connection between school and home. It provides a good chance for your child’s teachers and classmates to get to know your child better. You will also get a sense of your child’s day and what the school environment is like. It is a terrific way to get to know some of the classmates he may be talking about at home. And he will like to show you off to his school friends and maybe even show off some of his reading prowess. And, of course, reading aloud is a wonderful way to engage children in the joys of reading.

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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.