""It's a marshmallow world in the winter"
A Marshmallow World by Dean Martin
When it comes to reading with your children, there's more than one way to do it. Reading in a variety of ways supports your child's reading comprehension and road to independence. The good news is, it's simple to replicate at home...whether your child can read or not.
3 easy, but important ways to read with your children
👯♀️ partner reading: partner reading is one of the more flexible and fun styles of reading. It practices skills in listening, comprehending, and analyzing their partner's reading.
Basically, two partners sit together and take turns reading. They could be sharing a book or each have a copy. The ideal position to sit is side by side at a table.
If your child can read, then take turns reading each page. You could even read some words wrong on purpose and encourage them to correct you. Talk about the book as you go to ensure they are comprehending.
If your child is not a strong reader yet (or can't read), you can read the page and then ask your child to repeat, you can ask your child to describe the pictures and then you read the words, or you could read most of it and let them read the words they know.
👨👦 read to them: Reading out loud to your child is so important. You can do this at any age. It's a comforting routine to hear a parent read and sparks conversation and memories.
There will be a time (6-7 years old) where you may have to taper back on this while they practice reading out loud, but don't be afraid to go back to it. Children love being read to at all ages.
📖 independent reading: Believe it or not, your child can start independent reading before they can read! To promote independent reading, try to have interesting, age appropriate books available in your home. Build in time to visit the library or book store.
For young readers, independent reading time may look like narrating the illustrations. Encourage them to hold the book correctly, point to the text as they narrate, and learn the parts of a book (front, back, title, spine, pages)
For children that are reading, keep an eye on the clock. It takes interest and endurance to get lost in a book. For a young reader, five minutes of reading time may be worth a celebration. For older readers, they may need help understanding the signs of fatigue.
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👗 I live in these leggings: Temperatures are dropping, so I've pulled out my favorite "nice leggings." I've been buying these for years- they are ponte fabric, so they have a thicker more structured feel to them (read: work appropriate).
🍪 Organized Pantry: I've been woking on making my pantry something the ladies at The Home Edit would be proud of. When we got married, we registered for these flour and sugar containers. I continued the collection got the one for powdered sugar and brown sugar.
☕️ hot chocolate!: Want a surprise that thrills the kids and looks nice on your counter? Try these hot chocolate marshmallows! I keep these in a mason jar and they look so cute. They are the same tiny crunchy marshmallows that come in a packet of hot chocolate- yum 😋
Have a wonderful week!