Friday, February 26, 2021

 Take Action!

If a book sparks your child's interest--say, she is intrigued by something a character does--see if you can replicate the experience. Plant "magic" beans, dig a rabbit hole, set up a tent in the living room, visit a park to look at different kinds of leaves. Encourage your child's imagination to soar!

When you encourage your child to expand on that interest, it helps to strengthen the connection between books and her own life. Plus, you are demonstrating to your child that reading can open doors to new things to try.

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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.