It’s summer time, the grandkids are out of school and have lots of free time! First thing, I do every summer, is to make sure that each of them has signed up for the library’s summer reading program. Then when they visit I make sure that I am prepared with a lot of good books.
Having six grandchildren between the ages of 10 years and 6 months of age, creates lots of reading opportunities at my house. I have a large bookshelf loaded with books for them, but I also bring home a few library books each week.
Recently, I bought my youngest granddaughter, Charlotte, a cute board book “Where is Baby’s Bellybutton” by Karen Katz. I also, checked out “Peek a Boo! (Baby Faces Board Book) by Robert Grobel Intrater, at the library.
Providing books, a baby can enjoy, even though they aren’t ready to read yet, is a very important part of early literacy. The best thing you can do to foster early literacy is to provide an environment that is fun, verbal, and stimulating! You don’t have to worry about “teaching your grandchild to read” simply focus on creating lots of opportunities to talk, play, sing, read and write!
For my beginner readers, the 4-7 year olds, are reading books by Robert Munsch, this age group really enjoys the humor in these stories. This week, we are reading Stephanie’s ponytail and Smelly Socks. On the bookshelf, I also have a very large collection of books, written by Mercer Mayer, which are wonderful beginning reader books.
For the, bored ten year old we are reading, The Lord of the Rings. I also checked out a couple of books that I think he will enjoy by Roald Dahl.
During the summer we swim, watch movies, play video games, but nothing is more enjoyable than snuggling up with them, on the couch and reading a fun book together.
So my recommendation, to grandparents everywhere, would be to take the time this summer to read a good book, with that adorable grandchild of yours. You will both have a wonderful time and make memories that will last a lifetime.