A friend of mine recently asked how to inspire her seven-year-old to be interested in reading and my suggestion was simply to read to him.



As your Lil’ gets older and learns to read independently, you will quickly find out that their interest level is greater than their actual reading level and books they’re able to read on their own are too dull and boring. This is why teaching them to love reading at a young age is so important.



The hope is that their love for books will carry them through that stage where they’re learning to read independently and books can be boring.



Additionally, it is important to read to them so they continue to see books as entertainment and you can model making connections which helps form that love of reading.



With that said, check out below the connections Rea and I made while reading this month’s book: Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do.

Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills


  • Make personal connection to text

Lil’ Creators Focus Skills


  • Make personal connection to text

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Step #1
Here are some of the connections we made while reading Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do.


  • The mail carrier is delivering letters just like when we wrote a letter and put it in the mail for the mail carrier to pick up and take to Poppa.
  • Is the chef cooking just like you cook in your red kitchen?
  • Wow, is the artist painting? We love painting too.
  • The astronaut is getting a rocket just like Mickey when he went to space. (We watch a lot of Mickey Mouse and could make a connection to him and just about anything.)
  • They’re having a party! Your birthday is coming up and we’ll have a party too!

Teacher Tip

When reading, we make connections to text. They can be personal connections to our lives, connections to other books that we read, or connections to the rest of the world. But making these connections is what fosters our love of reading and gives reading a purpose.


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