The arrival of a new book creates enthusiasm that compares to Christmas morning in our house. The boys were recently introduced to one new title that has quickly become the household favorite and is currently on repeat each night. You might be surprised to learn that two boys have fallen in love with a book titled "A Unicorn Named Sparkle" but that is exactly what has happened this past week. With a delicate yet captivating cover, the boys immediately began commenting on the colors, images, and even shouted "Mommy, there are sparkles on the letters!"
There is no bad time to reinvigorate your reading routine, however, the summer months provide an excellent opportunity to create your own schedule of activities. Reading with your child is an important element to include in your daily routine and it doesn't have to be a lengthy activity - the important part is that you do it consistently. Start by picking a certain time of day to designate as a 'reading period.' This can be part of your sleep routine or a during an establish quiet time when you and your child take a break from play or activity.
Learning to read and write is a powerful experience in part because it opens opportunity for creativity, imagination, and communication. Recently, coloring has become a big thing for both boys and what started out as a simple activity has become one of the most meaningful literacy experiences in our house.
Picture books are an incredible literacy tool as they help children understand many important conventions of reading (how to hold a book upright, turn the page, understand left to right print, etc.). The illustrations help children learn to infer and make predictions about characters and events in the story. This is one reason why a big part of our reading routine involves a "picture walk." There is a magical journey to be had prior to reading the words in a story and this pre-reading activity has become a meaningful bonding opportunity for the boys and a powerful strategy for engaging them in the story.
Teachers will tell you that often times the most successful learning for students comes in unexpected moments. In these instances the stars align, children are magically well-behaved, and every intended plan unfolds exactly as expected. Okay, well maybe that is not totally the case, however, time and time again the most successful learning opportunities do happen unexpectedly...or as I prefer to say organically. I love seeing these moments play out with the boys. One never knows where a simple question or breakfast conversation might take us!
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