Friday, January 21, 2011
Without Saying a Word
After reading Playing by the Book's posts about "reading" wordless books to and with your children http://www.playingbythebook.net/2011/01/05/listening-to-children-create-their-own-stories/ and http://www.playingbythebook.net/2010/05/30/going-to-the-zoo-zoo-zoo/ I was struck by a thought: to my non-reader and not-quite-a-reader, ALL books are wordless when an adult is not there. Of course, my kids often "read" a book they have heard before using the words they have memorized or almost memorized, but they sometimes tell the story in their own words as well. Hearing how they paraphrase the text makes for great eavesdropping!