Carol Schneider-Sereda, Director of the Children's Dance Theatre at The Center for Arts in Natick, says:

  • Choose stories with many characters
  • Read the story to fuel creativity
  • Describe new action words
  • Let children act out individual words
  • Reread to pick out more vocabulary


Sandra Walak, the mother of a child in the Children's Dance Theatre program, recommends you:

  • Master technical terms together
  • Let your child talk about what she's learning
  • Read and learn together


Like the Hyde Square Task Force Teens:

  • Choose “motion books” – let little kids be active
  • Choose books older kids can relate to
  • Read books to yourself first
  • Read the title and ask what the book is about
  • Show pictures, and let children predict
  • Ask what children see in pictures and what they're about
  • Try some exciting, comical stories
  • Act stories out by changing voices


Laurie Joy Haas, Executive Producer of Words that Cook!™ and co-author of Read it Aloud! A parent's guide to sharing books with young children, and Honey the Cookie-Bookie Bear suggest you:

  • Use and explain colorful expressions found in books


Caterina Del Conte, a Wellesley College Student, says,

  • Try to read to your child in more than one language
  • Learn about other people's cultures, stories and histories


Dr. Barbara Krol-Sinclair, Director of the Intergenerational Literacy Project, suggests:

  • Make reading fun
  • If your child loves singing, sing the words
  • Write shopping lists together
  • At stores, look at words printed on boxes
  • Talk about the TV programs you watch
  • Help with homework to build communication
  • Find a quiet, well-lit area to study
  • Provide a flat table, pencils, paper and eraser
  • Be available to answer questions
  • Have children ask questions in your first language
  • Learn the teacher's classroom routines
  • Use gestures and discuss content
  • Practice reading with others and on your own


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