Friday, January 31, 2014

Take Your Child to the Library Day!

All Over the United States and Canada, a new holiday is emerging: Take Your Child to the Library Day. It is celebrated on February 1.

Well, as a huge fan of libraries and a proponent of introducing your young child to public libraries, this is a day I can celebrate in a big way.

Even if this "holiday" only serves to remind you that libraries are there--and a valuable resource--then it is worth the fanfare. 

Go tomorrow.  Go often. The library in your hometown holds amazing treasure for you and  your child.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Multi-Media is the Message

Here is somethng that is fun to do with your preschooler--and can also help her develop her critical thinking skills. Read a book together. Then watch the movie version--on DVD or online. Talk with your preschooler about what happened in the movie. How it was different from the book? How was it similar? Did it have the same ending? If not, how were the endings different? Talk about music and how it adds to the story. Which version did she like better and why? See how many similarities and differences your child can come up with . . . She’s on her way to becoming a critic! 

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.