What can you do with your child after age five?
What about the child who does learn to read on his own? Should you stop reading when a child enters school? Never! One of the predictors of scholastic success is the time parents spend reading to and with their children. This is a practice that should continue throughout the child’s school years. There is a special bonding that comes with sharing a story together, regardless of the age.
- When your child asks a question about a book or character it is important to take the time to answer it.
- Don’t force your child to talk about or listen to a story if she wants to do something else. While you read your child can draw or play quietly.
- Encourage writing along with reading. Help your child write a letter to a favorite author or character. Maybe your child can pretend to be one storybook character writing to another. For example, what would Winnie the Pooh say to Snow White? Encourage your child to keep a journal or diary. Make greeting cards. Write thank-you letters. Work on word puzzles, play Scrabble.
- Find movies based on books. Borrow books or movies from the library or subscribe to magazines that interest older children.
Suggestion: Make a time capsule. Older children enjoy making a time capsule that tells important things about their family. The can collect small objects- photographs, recipes or favorite foods, letters from special people, an article of clothing they have outgrown, a school report or drawing – and place these into a shoebox. Let your child write or help write a family story.
Seal the box for safekeeping to be cherished and opened at a time many years into the future.