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How to Use This Book
As you read this book, let your child think about the answers to the
questions. If he or she is unable to think of an answer, tell your child
to “sleep on it”—or to think about it—until they come up with an
answer—any answer. This will encourage the practice of problem-
solving through thinking, thus helping your child to exercise their
decision-making ability. If your child does not have an answer to the
question just now, save the question for another time. Don’t try to
define every word listed under each letter unless your child asks
for its meaning. These words are an introduction to the many more
words they will learn as they grow older.
The questions are asked in a way to get the child to turn in-
wardly and think. Some questions are formed using the word “my”
instead of the word “your.” For example, instead of their reading
or hearing you state the question, “What is your favorite color?” the
question states “What is my favorite color?” This internalizes the
thought response.
Read the question aloud and then you go ahead and answer the
question first; after that, have your child provide his or her answer.
This will cause the question to be framed in the form of self-talk.
Have your child include drawings as part of their answer or have
them write words that describe what they are thinking and, perhaps,
what goals they are trying to achieve.
If your child needs help to write, hold your hand over the hand
that holds the pencil and help them to write or draw their answer.
Don’t worry about the content of what your child may say or draw,
simply let your creative child show his or her creativity through
thinking.
Read each day and your child’s ability to think will grow just as
their bodies have grown. Be sure to tell your child about the things
you
enjoyed as a child. Introduce some of your
own
words for dis-
cussion. This is great practice for exchanging ideas with your child to
help to build ongoing conversations between you and your children
as they grow on to the less communicative teenage years.
At the bottom of each page are suggestions to you, the parent,
to help you to promote within them the process of thinking as a