"There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is the best of all." — Jacqueline Kennedy
Read it Againis a research-based early literacy program centered around quality children’s literature. The repeated reading of great stories along with a layering of experiences surrounding the story's elements including vocabulary building, the creation of art, music, writing, science and even cooking together can work to build a strong foundation for learning... a solid foundation which will prove invaluable in the years to come.
As a teacher and researcher in the area of reading and early literacy, when I read to my own children, I knew the correct questions to ask, the words that needed to be explained and all the magical ways one could sneak learning into the simple act of reading of a book. This was especially important when my children wanted to hear a favorite story over and over again. I’ll admit, changing things up a bit with each reading and focusing on something new, did help stave off the boredom that could have settled in after the fifth reading of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.
The truth is that I had an ulterior motive. I wanted to treat each reading as an opportunity– an opportunity to broaden their little vocabularies, deepen their understanding of the world around them, introduce them to new places, make them curious and most of all, help them grow to love the written word. By reading it again and again and again, I was helping my children to build a strong foundation for future learning.
Michelle Robinette PhD Founder / CEO ReaditAgain.com