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.
I’m going to try linking the choices for the next few Daddy-Daughter Storytimes together in interesting ways. What I like about doing this, and explaining my decisions for the choices, is that you can consider, when reading at home, how to create your own “storytime themes.” It’s a fun twist on just picking a book off the shelf.
Today’s storytime features Dooby Dooby Moo written by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Besty Lewin and read with permission of Simon and Schuster. One of the many books in the Click, Clack series featuring Farmer Brown, Duck and a cast of precocious farm animals, my daughter finds this one particularly hilarious, although we enjoy them all. Since the animals are all acting so “un-animal-like” throughout the series, there are a lot of fun things to discuss, as well as asking questions about the narrative – so many opportunities to ask things like, “What do you think that crazy Duck is going to do next?”
And, as I said, they are funny, and sometimes, that’s simply enough for a story. Ultimately, you want to make every reading interaction with your young child a fun, enjoyable time together. The experiences a child has at a young age with books directly correlates to their interest in reading, and learning how to read, as well as their continued interest in reading on their own as they get older. So, make your reading times positive experiences. Don’t force it. If a child just isn’t feeling it, that’s ok. Come back to it later when they are ready. The same goes for you, if you’re just stressed, frustrated and distracted, come back when you are ready. Maintain a positive experience for both of you.