Thanks to FlyBy for a review copy of this book, and for one to give away.
When my oldest daughter was just a toddler, I made a book for her (or maybe it was my sister? Can’t remember). It featured logos from stores we visited: Meijer. Chick-fil-A. Arby’s. She loved “reading” the book. Could she decode the names of those places? No, but she could “read” their logos. In other words, she could make meaning from the logos. And really, according to teachers, that *is* reading.
During my years teaching second grade, and again during my years with preschoolers at home, I did a lot of labeling. Because kids’ brains are so receptive that they pick up these things and are quick to link text words to an object. That’s why it’s no surprise that I love Say & Pray Devotions.
Say & Pray Devotions
This is a durable, board book-type of book. It would be ideal for preschoolers. Each page spread features a Bible verse and brief prayer, a colorful illustration, just a bit of text, and then several items labeled. This would be so much fun to look at with a preschooler as they eat lunch, or take a break on the couch. I did this with each of my girls, and they’re all excellent readers today. I’m so glad I did, because school today is hard. Everybody is taking AP classes and competing to be the best they can. Why not give your child an early advantage by helping them make sense of our language while they’re still little?
If that last paragraph sounded a little stressful, I didn’t mean it that way. This type of thing is just FUN as well — good bonding time with your little one. I cherish the time I spent reading with and to my kids. I would love to have some of those times back, believe me!
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