Saturday, August 4, 2012

Celebrate Early Literacy Awareness Week

One of my favorite literacy organizations, Read Out and Read, is celebrating its 4th annual Early Literacy Awareness Week. Held in conjunction with National Health Center Week, the week of August 5-12 is a time that Reach Out and Read makes a special effort to encourage families to foster a love of reading in young children and prepare them for success in school. During this week, Reach Out and Read works to raise public awareness about the importance of early exposure to books in order to prepare children to succeed in school and help them develop a lifelong love of reading.

Join in the celebration of Early Literacy Awareness Week, too:  Read to a child in your life!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Road Trip!

Is your family planning a getaway by car this summer? Are you dreading the hours of crankiness and complaints from your preschooler? Be sure to stop at the library for audio books that will keep your preschooler entertained. As she listens to her favorite stories, the miles will fly by—and getting to your destination will be a pleasure.

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.