Four-year-old is eager to read. She’s shown interest in learning, in spurts, over several months. “Well, I can’t read it, so you’ll need to…”
While we were on vacation, Nana and the younger girls made a beach Learn to Read book. Nana drew the pictures and authored the story. Seven-year-old colored the illustrations. When four-year-old awakened from her afternoon nap, she was so surprised!
It’s a simple story. Pages made from printer paper. The point is the subjects are familiar. This girl loves everything about the beach so ‘reading’ about it is fun. Seven-year-old read the story that afternoon:
I Love the Beach!
I get up out of my bed.
I get my pail.
Let’s make a castle.
Time for a swim!
I like the little pools.
We go to the house.
(one line of the story on each page)
- Four-year-old’s reading interest started with her Homemade Birthday Book. Just a bit of practice and she’s learning words. A gentle approach over this last year –just when she’s interested. Now, as she’s closer to her fifth birthday she wants to read more often.
- Tailor your book to your special family vacation. Maybe your trip wasn’t to the beach but to visit family? Or maybe your book could be about a favorite field trip to the zoo. Name all the animals!
Most importantly – it’s easy! Easy to make. Easy to take a bit of time to practice reading now and then.