Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Celebrate Independence With Words!

Many families gather with friends or other relatives on the 4th of July. Your preschooler is likely to enjoy the get-togethers and traditions, which may include watching fireworks and grilling a meal. Holidays and other family times are important to him. Encourage him to talk about and describe what he experiences. Better yet, have him dictate his impressions while you record them and perhaps suggest that he draw  pictures of the festivities. Encourage him to recall the sounds, sights, and tastes—the boom, boom, boom of the fireworks, the bright and fleeting explosions of colors in the sky, the cold and creamy ice cream treat. You are helping your young child find the words to describe the exciting world he inhabits.

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.