But not everyone is closing the chapter on picture books. "Pictures provide room for discourse--you can discuss the picture, what's happening there, what they think will happen next, etc. You can develop vocabulary, critical thinking, and logic. Rushing children to chapter books won't guarantee instant comprehension," Mars, a pre-school Montessori teacher, says. Karla, who teaches in grade-school, agrees. "Kids are visual, and pictures appeal to that sensibility." Chelly, a mom who was previously a teacher has this to say, "The key to make kids love reading is to make it a fun, delightful activity, and picture books do help a lot in this endeavor."
But while the picture vs. chapter books debate remains hot in the U.S., all parents agree on one thing: reading is an essential skill that needs to be taught to our kids. Here are a few tips that will help you give your child a head start:
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