Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Open. Read. Repeat.

Have you ever wondered why children like to hear or read the same book over and over again? As frustrating as it is for parents, reading the same book for what seems like the 1000th time to your child actually has some benefits. Young children thrive on predictability and routine, so when you read them a book they already know, it comforts them. It also provides an opportunity for children to learn new ways to look at the same book; when they're already familiar with the story, they can concentrate on different aspects of it each time. Try reading the same book a different way to help your child make new connections.

On Thursday November 1, Miss Amy and I will help parents learn how to do this with Bill Martin's Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. Part of the Public Library Association's Every Child Ready to Read worshops, we'll show participants how to use talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing to build on this alphabet story. Parents and children (ages 0-5) attend the workshop together and registration is required, so don't delay! And the next time your child asks to read a book again, indulge her; it's good for her brain! Guest post by Shelly P.

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