Reading about Fall: Fun, Learning & Kindergarten Readiness

importance of reading to childrenDo you think that “downloading” a library of children’s books onto your child’s “brain-hard-drive” would help for language fluency and later learning to read? That would be awesome if it could be done. Well, it can be and done easily too! By reading a few books a day to your child, a few days a week, that quickly adds up to about 25 in a week, and 100 in a month. Over a year that’s more than 1,000 books, and by the time your child starts kindergarten, more than 5,000. And that’s a library just by sharing books and stories with your child regularly and often.

Since the fall season is just starting, it’s the perfect time to share some books about fall. While libraries have wonderful children’s books about fall, so may the grocery store. But libraries lend books for free. Garage sales and second-hand stores are also great places to find books at much less the price. During just a quick check on-line, I found more than a thousand books for kids on fall and autumn.

fall activities for kidsAs you read a story about fall to your child, try to talk about how some things in the book are just like what’s happening in your area right now. This makes the connection between information in a book and real experiences. Some things will be the same; are some different? This helps kids be involved in the book in an active vs passive manner. After reading about fall, you and your child may want to make your own story about the season. Are there some favorite books for fall at your house? Any recommendations and suggestions for falling into a good book and other fall activities?

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