Encouraging Reading At An Early Age

Encouraging Reading At An Early Age

I discovered this wonderful book called "Mosaic of Thought" by Susan Zimmerman and Ellin Oliver Keene, and it really made me think about how we go about teaching kids to read. One of the most important things that they talk about in this book is that we, as parents, have to model for our children exactly how we become good readers. In my family that meant that when I read to my son Matthew, who is almost 3 years old, I really spend time makingconnections between what we're reading about and other books that we might have read.

We also make connections with some of the real-life experiences that he has already had. For example, we're reading 2 different books about dinosaurs right now, and they both have pictures of archeological digs in them, so we put the books side by side and look at them and talk about the similarities and the differences. We're making connections between these books.

We also talk about the time we went to the museum to see dinosaurs, so we make a connection there with a real-life experience. That really gets him interested in looking at even more books and wanting to go to the library and find more books about dinosaurs. Each bedtime is spent with him choosing three books that he gets to read before he goes to sleep.

We go to the library at least once over the weekend. He usually has about 8 books at any given time from the library.