Saturday, October 26, 2013

Research It!

Have you noticed a topic or theme that your child is passionate about? It might be princesses or earth movers or dinosaurs. Feed that passion. Help your child explore the topic. You can search for information together online. But don't forget about books!

Start a resource “collection.” Go to the library or purchase books that are on this “topic.” 

You are helping your child to discover that reading can help him learn more about what he is interested in. Becoming an expert will make him feel proud of learning and also provide a purpose for your reading together.

If you elect to buy books, keep the books about that topic together on a shelf. This research project sets the stage for your child to notice different ways to approach a topic. One book might show adorable puppies in photographs, while another is a story about a dog, illustrated in soft pastels. Comparing the two books can help your preschooler notice how they are alike and different. 

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.