Hello, everybody! It’s day 4 and I have a great assignment for you today. I know you’ve been really busy implementing the stuff we talked about for the past three days. Today I want you to keep doing all of them but add TALKING to your child to your list. You guys can talk about anything, a book, a TV show, a video game. Just make sure that YOU are doing half of the talking. This is actually not a listening exercise for you (though taking the time to truly listen to your child is incredibly important). This is an exercise in talking. Studies show that the more words a parent uses the better reader a child is. Talk about a variety of topics and use lots of words. If your child asks what a word means or you use a word you aren’t sure that he/she knows, give them a definition.
Here’s how talking works on reading: If a person hasn’t heard a word they don’t know how to say it. They don’t know how to use it. They don’t know what it means. When you talk, you are actually teaching your child valuable information about the words they will encounter in a book.
So go for a walk and have a chat about the world outside. Talk politics, government, flowers, cars, buildings, what you were like at your child’s age…. Whatever comes up. And have fun.