As we enter the month of March let us remember and celebration National Reading Month. Reading is the foundation to understanding the world around us through printed materials on paper, signs or electronically. Preschool age children need to have a love for the printed word either being read to or reading themselves.
When you start to read a story with your child first discuss the cover of the book and what the storyline may be about as the reading starts. Second, read the title, name of author and what s/he does, and name of illustrators and what s/he does. Third, read the page or picture read then pose questions to help your child’s vocabulary, critical thinking skills, language skills and so much more. And fourth, continue with the story and keep in mind you do not have to read the entire book in one setting.
If you are unable to purchase age appropriate books check out your local library. Ask the librarian for a list of book recommended for your child’s age. Here are some for preschool/kindergarten age children.
- Daniel’s pet by Alma Ada
- Clifford makes a friend by Norman Bridwell
- Cloudy day, sunny day by Donald Crews
- Andy (that’s my name) by Tomie DePaola
- The magic beans by Margaret Hillert
Reading can expose children to the global world we live in and help them understand topics being discussed. Remember, to set aside time for reading and your children will enjoy every word.