Saturday, April 3, 2010

Planting the Seed of Reading

Welcome to "In Pursuit of Education". This blog is to assist parents in becoming active participants in their child's education in their early years. We also will provide information for the early child care providers to assist them in improving their centers.

Reading is one of the most important skills a child can learn. The earlier that a parent begins reading to their child, the more they foster a love for reading to in their reading. Here are some things that you can do with your children to help them enjoy reading. Select a book in your child's age range and read it twice to your child. Instead of reading it a third time, help your child act it out, draw pictures of scenes from the story, of select an object from the book to make into a craft. Not only will your child remember the story, but it will help to build your child's imagination and give the both of you some needed bonding time.

I particularly enjoy "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle. This book will help to introduce your child to healthy eating. You and your child can pretend to be a caterpillar and spend time crawling, and trying various types of fruits and vegetables. Later, you can talk with your child about the need for exercise and eating right.

If you have any other suggestions for this book or any of Eric Carle's books, let me know. I would love to hear from you.

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