|Author, Rhonda "Grammy Pags" Paglia |
with 3 of her 5 grandchildren,
reading "Doonsey's Beach Adventure,
the Great Rescue"
Most kids LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to draw pictures - at any age. Here is how to develop an early interest in reading through art.
#1 - Encourage your kids or grandkids to draw - and draw a lot without pressure for perfection. It doesn't matter what the picture looks like. In fact, draw together!! Get the creative juices flowing. Just have a fun, social time with your child.
#2 - When the drawing is finished, ASK ABOUT THEIR WORK SAY: "Please, tell me about your picture."
#3 - NEXT - Here is YOUR job:
- Write down EXACTLY what your child tells you.
- PRINT the words - right on their paper - usually at the bottom of the page if there is room, or on the back. On the front is best because It will look like a caption under a picture.
# 4 - READ the words back to your child, SLOWLY, pointing at each word.
# 5 - READ IT AGAIN - pointing at each word. The 3rd read through, have your child read with you. [Kids get so excited when their words are written down.]
#6 - DISPLAY THIS STORY - on their wall, on the frig, somewhere for everyone to see and read. Make a big deal out of it. Read it again and encourage your child to read it too.
#7 - Go back to step #1 and repeat often.
Why do this?
- kids will start to make the connection: "their talk" can be written down. They can "see" their words. This is a really cool concept for kids.
- their words and thoughts are important to someone else - YOU!
- this is a fun way to get kids interested in reading - and later, writing.
- these are your child's first stories!! Make a collection. Put them in a little scrapbook. This is their personal "storybook that they can "read" or have read to them whenever they want. [You have no idea how often kids want to "read their stories" to you and others.]
Love from Rhonda "Grammy Pags" Paglia