Friday, May 24, 2013

Summer Reading!

Now that Memorial Day Weekend is here, summer has unofficially begun. For many of us, summer is synonymous with reading--as in beach reads. Keep that loving book feeling, and pass it on to your young child.

One way to encourage summer reading is to find out what preschool programs are available at your local library. Call, consult the website, or better yet, visit your library to check out the programs that are designed for preschoolers. Trained children's librarians will choose books that will engage and entertain very young children. These events are free, air-conditioned, and will be a fun activity for you, or another caretaker, and your preschooler.

Summer = Reading. Pass it on.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Word Love

Help build your preschooler's vocabulary by emphasizing the names for things. Labeling the objects around him will encourage him to be facile with words. For example, if you pass a dump truck, name it and then talk about the function of the truck and how it may have gotten its name. 

Get playful. Make up a riddle to encourage interest in and enthusiasm for words. For example, “What do we call that round yummy circle that tastes good with milk? Right! A cookie.” Then have your child make his own riddle for you to guess.

Get silly. Throw in some rhymes. If you pass a cow, call out Now, cow! or Wow, cow! or even Bow-wow, cow! Words are fun to play with, so get in the game!

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.