They naturally make mental pictures when they read. They envision what is happening in the story. This helps them understand and remember what they read.
You can help your child make mental pictures. As you read a book together:
Close your eyes and imagine. Say, “Can you imagine what the rabbit looks like? What color is his fur? How big is he? What else do you notice about his appearance?
Draw pictures of what each of you “saw” in the story.
Compare. Ask, “What came to mind when you were reading?” “What does that remind you of?”
Use books without pictures, or cover the pictures so you can envision your own ideas.
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