Saturday, July 16, 2011

Stick to It

Many children have favorite books and some even have a particular section of the book that they especially love. Perhaps it is a funny picture or maybe the rhyming pattern is appealing. Show your preschooler an easy way to mark that favorite spot so he can easily return to it again and again. Introduce him to sticky notes. They are easy to apply, even for young children with developing fine motor skills. And sticky notes won't harm the pages of a book. Don't be surprised if he gets addicted to this marking system and every page gets a colorful sticky note!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Trains, Planes, and Buses

If your summer travel plans involve trains, planes, and buses, they also involve schedules. Use the opportunity to point out to your preschooler departure and arrival boards or printed schedules. Explain that flights might be named with a code number. Show him that a destination might be abbreviated. Make a point of reading the schedule aloud. This is a perfect way to show your child the importance of reading for making his way through the world.

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.