Tuesday, March 1, 2011

What are your kids reading?

Stop and take inventory of what your kids are reading. You may be surprised to find that they are reading more than you may suspect. We live in a world of words, ideas and sentences. Everywhere we look there is a label, a sign, a bulletin board, something that is in our view that we can read. It would be fun to take a poll and record all the words that we recognize and read from the time we get up until the time we retire for bed. I bet the number would be astounding. We must as parents make sure we are doing everything we can to teach out kids the meaning and to understand the words that surround them in their world. Little kids can recognize the big signs such as McDonalds, Tim Hortons, Walmart etc. They can understand the stop sign and a lot of the words in the grocery stores because of the intense advertising that they get from t.v. Reinforce those words. Pick up a cereal box and read the title as you place it in your cart. Read words in the world out loud to them, live words out loud. Let them know that words are a normal part of our life. Laugh and giggle over words, point to words as you pass them, read those words to your kids. Make reading fun and natural. Just like you taught your child to walk and talk, reading will come just as naturally if we take the time to do it incidentally and on a daily basis. Read on.
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