Every Child Is a Reader (Even If They Can’t Yet Read the Words) | Deborah Farmer Kris

In early September, my first grader sat on her bed thumbing through a picture book that was way above her reading level. “I’m reading this book all by myself, mommy! I’m reading the pictures. My teacher says that’s one way to read a book.”

In the first week of school, she had learned that there are three ways to read a book: reading the pictures, reading the words, and retelling the story.

Gail Boushey is a literacy expert and co-author of The Daily 5: Fostering Literacy in the Elementary Grades, the book that coined the idea of “three ways to read a book.” This concept builds on extensive research about how young children learn to read.

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Deborah Farmer Kris is a senior parenting columnist at Intrepid Ed News. This piece was originally published on PBS KIDS on Jan. 4, 2018. Click here to read the rest of the article.

Deborah Farmer Kris

Deborah Farmer Kris a writer, teacher, and parent educator. A child development expert, Deborah writes regularly for PBS KIDS for Parents and NPR’s MindShift; her work has been featured several times in The Washington Post; and she is the author of the All the Time picture book series (coming out in 2022) focused on social-emotional growth. A popular speaker, Deborah has a B.A. in English, a B.S. in Education, and an M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology.Mostly, she loves finding and sharing nuggets of practical wisdom that can help kids and families thrive — including her own. You can follow her on Twitter @dfkris, contact her at dfkris@gmail.com, or visit her website: Parenthood365 (https://www.parenthood365.com/)

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