Tell your children about events that happened when you were growing up. If the children are young, have them make a crayon or marker drawing of some of their favorite stories of your youth. Write a simple caption for each picture. They will remember the story and the caption and as if they were "reading" when they see this work of art you have created together. With all ages of children, model comparing the stories from your past with some of the things that happen in the books you read together. This will help them learn to make connections with things they read -- and build better comprehension.
Fears and Phobias
If you like to be scared or if you are fascinated by fear and what you can do to live with it, try some the books in this month’s TogetheRead theme. Even people with disabling phobias learn to cope with their limitations. See how people handle irrational fears them as you read and talk together. Make fear less scary!