You’ll frequently read about my daughter in my blog posts and newsletter, so in the spirit of #WFH, I decided to start making videos with her. Throughout, we will engage with the text and each other, in a process known as Dialogic Reading, which is a super-fancy way of saying we have a conversation about the book we are reading as we read it. Dialogic Reading is an important and effective way of increasing your child’s pre-reading skills and early literacy. And, it’s fun. While you read, don’t just read to your child. Ask them questions. Discuss pictures. Have them guess what happens next. Don’t just read, engage.
Following up on Tuesday’s video, which featured Jeremy Draws a Monster, today’s Daddy-Daughter Storytime features the sequel to that book, The Monster Returns, written and illustrated by Peter McCarty and read with permission of Macmillan. This book brings the story to a happy close and demonstrates the importance of friendship.
It may be a good time to talk about the importance of friends with your child. Perhaps they may discuss how they are missing their friends during this time, and you could organize a virtual playtime with Zoom, Facebook Messenger video, Facetime, or another service.