Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Cook Those Books

With your child, design a meal that mimics what characters eat in a favorite book. Whether it is stone soup, green eggs and ham, or milk and cookies, have a real or pretend meal that involves your child helping you cook. 

By living out the pages of a book, you are helping to bring a story to life. Plus you are encouraging your child’s imagination. 

Let your child help you set the table and prepare the feast. Don’t worry too much about accuracy. Take a picture of your child enjoying the meal and keep it on your refrigerator. It will be a meal to remember!


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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.