Today three of our little girls were still struggling. We have the bench inside the room that we referred to as our “calm down area.” I changed it up a couple years ago so it’s a space that I can join children instead of hiding hole. I want children to know that when they’re struggling an adult can be there with them – that they don’t have to run away by themselves. Don’t we want children who seek help when they are upset ? That’s my current research. 🤣
As we finish reading a story to a child many times we all hear them say “read it again.” I heard that today after the story “Brown Bear Brown Bear.” I also noticed as I read it one of our friends was reciting the words with me. That told me that she has heard that story before. Reading stories over and over to children can help build a sense of safety especially if it’s one they remember from their own home.
After reading the story a second time I asked my friend “ can you read it to me?” She began to turn the pages and look at the pictures, and tell me the story. That… Is early reading. Although their reading is primarily recitation rather than word identification, they gradually associate the text with the words they are saying.
To develop lifelong readers children need opportunities to learn to love books . What better way than snuggling up with mom or dad or their teacher to read their favorite book again.