Birth to Six
Process not Product
Some time ago, an art instructor visited the ECFE class my daughter and I attend. One of the things she said that struck me is to focus on what your child is experiencing, not what they come up with. Instead of saying, "What did you draw? Is it a tree?" we might say, "How did you make such thick lines there? How do you make thin lines?"

The same goes for reading. Don't worry about getting to the end of the story without interuption. Instead follow your child's lead. Perhaps you will skip portions of the book or even turn back a few pages. Maybe you will stop halfway through and go do something else. Maybe you will even spend the entire time looking at a single page.

The main point is to make the reading experience a positive one. Someday, when your child is struggling with learning to read, it is the positive memories that will help her to work hard to overcome the obstacles to reading.
 
posted Mar 18, 2013 by Larry Longard


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