Thursday, June 4, 2015

Knowledge Is Power

Have you noticed a topic or theme that your child is passionate about? It might be princesses or earth movers or dinosaurs. Your child is discovering that reading can help him learn more about what he is interested in. This is a very exciting idea. It is a powerful link to the idea of reading as a means to learning. 

Becoming an expert will make him feel proud of learning, and also provide a purpose for your reading together. 

Start a little “collection.” 

Go to the library or purchase books that are on this “topic.” If you elect to buy books, keep the books about that topic together on a shelf. 

Undoubtedly your child will move on to other interests. But you have shown him that there is power in knowledge. And reading is the key. 

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.