Trick your kids into reading something different
When you and your child read the same book together simultaneously, and then discuss what you have read, you can help your child learn new vocabulary, reading comprehension strategies, and the beginnings of literary interpretation.
But what happens if all your child wants to read is Captain Underpants over and over again? How do you get your child to branch out?
One suggestion is to create an “I Read/You Read Challenge” box.
The way the box works is simple. When your child finishes a book she drops it in the box and then mom or dad reads it too. That way you can discuss it. (So yes, you may end up having to discuss Captain Poo-Poo-Pants.)
Here’s the catch: the box also works in reverse.
Mom can read a quality children’s literature title of her choosing, and drop that book in the box. Now kiddo has to read the book too.
Jennifer Bardsley writes the parenting column: I Brake for Moms for The Everett Daily Herald. Her dream is to spark a national conversation about how massive parental involvement is the key to high quality education. When she’s not reading books with her kids or tripping over their toys, she blogs about early education at: Teaching My Baby to Read.
We will have more from Jennifer next week.