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.
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.