Have you ever wondered what
makes some children thrive
while others seem to struggle?

Do your children have what they need to thrive?

I think it’s safe to say that we all want our children to thrive, both emotionally and intellectually. But what kind of experiences actually help a child thrive?

We know that learning to read is critical to a child’s success both in and out of school and literacy is one of the best predictors of a child’s future success. But how does the reading experience actually help a child thrive?

The experience of the reading relationship lays the foundation for a child's growth and learning and Picture Walk helps facilitate a child’s development with it’s innovative techniques, lessons and tips.

What is Picture Walk, Anyway?

Picture Walk is a time-tested and parent-approved method that not only gets your child to read, but it’s designed so you can nurture a close reading relationship between you and your child. It’s made up of innovative lessons and video tutorials and comes with an exclusive guide to the Picture Walk technique.

The Picture Walk method builds a child’s confidence as a reader which enables them to become strong and skilled readers. Children who are strong readers are children who enjoy reading.

Picture Walk has been praised by Martha Stewart, Scholastic Parent & Child Magazine, Childhood Matters, Common Sense Media, Good Housekeeping Magazine, the American Montessori Society, Teach for America and many, many more.

Picture Walk shows you—step by step—how you can foster language development, stimulate curiosity and imagination, build strong minds, promoteleft & right brain
integration and find home-run books that will put your child on the path to becoming a lifelong reader. And… the method can be applied to reading and other experiences that nurture a child’s growth and development.

Along with strong literacy skills, Picture Walk and its conversational reading technique also supports the growth of a child’s emotional IQ by teaching them about empathy and compassion. These qualities come into being inside the reading relationship that forever changes the experience of reading.

In our fast moving, media-saturated world, reading with children and talking with them about what matters is more important than ever before. But up until now, actually accomplishing that wasn’t always easy. Through these 5 fundamental benefits, Picture Walk helps to re-ignite the connection your child needs to thrive.

Through Conversational Reading, Picture Walk teaches parents and children essential skills children need to thrive in and out of school. And once you use the Picture Walk technique, you will see that when it comes to reading, the most important outcome of Picture Walk is not just how many books children read, but how many conversations they have about them.

Picture Walk helps nurture a close reading relationship between parent and child, leading to parents feeling more satisfied in their role as parents. The reading relationship between a parent and a child becomes part of a child’s literary DNA and might be the single most important factor to help children develop into the readers they deserve to become.

Parents who read and talk about a story with children feel more connected to their children and more satisfied in their role as a parent. In turn, the reading experience for the child gives a clear message they are loved and understood, which ultimately fosters the strong communication skills parents and children need.

Picture Walk helps foster language development – the basis for acquiring high-level literacy skills. What makes vocabulary valuable and important is not the words themselves so much as the understandings they afford. Children readily learn words from oral conversation because such conversations are context rich in ways that aid in vocabulary acquisition. Understanding comes from using words in a conversation. Children need face-to-face social interaction to learn language. Evidence shows that babies learn language from people and not from gadgets.

The groundwork for childhood literacy begins at birth, but needs to be nurtured throughout childhood and adolescence. Being mindful of the importance of your communicative style such as; eye contact, body language and overall feedback, will significantly influence how your children learns to communicate. Through Picture Walk’s conversational reading techniques, children learn language–oral and written–and through language, they learn to think.

Picture Walk helps stimulate curiosity while jumpstarting the imagination—the control panel for everything we do.

Children come into the world full of curiosity and stories are one of the most delightful and natural ways to keep their curiosity alive. The cat may not die from curiosity, but without it the cat will surely perish. This curiosity—this puzzlement about our own existence—and the lives of others— awakens the imagination. Imagination is that quality of intelligence that allows us to look beyond what is actual to what is possible. The language related skills that children need in order to be successful readers and learners are developed through imaginative play and stories. Picture Walk helps develop, nurture and sustain that curiosity and imagination for children of all ages through our innovative lessons, tutorials and techniques.

Picture Walk sparks creative and critical thinking through Active Reading for Meaning. Reading for meaning helps a child better understand what they read and allows them to experience the story on a personal level.

Picture Walk makes reading an interactive experience by encouraging children at all levels to read for meaning and teaches children how to make connections between books, ideas and personal experiences—something I like to refer to as making a book your own—showing you who you are at a moment in time and who you might become. This is how children learn to dream their own dreams and begin a lifelong journey of putting their dreams into actions and beliefs.

Picture Walk helps your child build healthy minds by creating the groundwork for resilient brain integration. Children’s brains are right hemisphere dominant, which is interested in emotions and the meaning and feel of an experience. The left side of their brain logically organizes their thoughts into sentences. A child’s mind needs to be integrated in order to work to its full capacity. Without integrating both sides of the brain, your child can become overwhelmed by their emotions, which can lead to chaotic and confusing feelings.

Picture Walk helps integrate both sides of the brain through conversational re-telling techniques about what happened in a story. Simply put: Experience shapes brain growth. Picture Walk gives parents and teachers the experience they need to help a child's mind flourish to its full capacity.

But How Do Those Benefits Affect my child?

Picture Walk changes the reading experience in fundamental ways by ensuring children better understand what they read and is a proven method you can use with any book. Picture Walk helps your child develop an appreciation for the books they read through better comprehension, the ability to make a story their own and the capability to connect what they read to other books, ideas and personal experiences. According to research, one of the most accurate predictor of a child’s achievement in school is not income or social status, but the extent to which that student's family is able to become involved in their children's education at school. Picture Walk shows parents how to be involved and can be effectively used both in the classroom and as a valuable tool for parents to use in the home – building a closer connection between what goes on in the classroom and the home.

PICTURE WALK WORKS ON YOUR SCHEDULE

Picture for a moment, you had a long day at work and when you get home you find that your child has no interest in reading.

You’re tired, they’re cranky and a book doesn’t stand a chance of being opened.

What you might not have known is the ability to finally change this scenario is within reach, within budget and within your time!

Picture Walk is a technique that you can use just about anywhere anytime. It’s custom-designed so that it can fit your lifestyle on your terms.

“INSPIRATIONAL!”

“Helping a child become a lifetime reader, for learning and enjoyment, is a formidable task. You have the formula. INSPIRATIONAL!”

Librarian, International Reading Association Conference

“Really enjoyed the sessions”

“Really enjoyed the sessions, informative, breezy, passionate, articulate, founded on research, interactive, conversational, humorous, these are some words that come to mind to describe the learning...”

Teacher at The Hamlin School, San Francisco CA

“She was very inspiring”

“ust a note to let you know how much I enjoyed Diane’s presentations. She was very inspiring; I came away with so many ideas that I’d like to try next year. My take away was, ‘Don’t monkey with the story—read it as it is written!”

Teacher at Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School, Moraga CA

Disclaimer: In accordance with the latest FTC guidelines, we want to make it explicitly clear that the customer letters we have received are based on the unique experiences and circumstances of a few people only. We cannot promise that you will experience similar benefits from using our product. The generally expected performance of Picture Walk in regards to any specific disease, disability or other specified topic has not been scientifically validated and we cannot and will not make any promises in regards to any miracle cures.

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You might be wondering how Picture Walk works…

Picture Walk is a method that consists of innovative lessons, video tutorials and an exclusive guide to the Picture Walk technique. It’s designed so that you can use the Picture Walk technique with any book you read to your child or any book your child is reading on their own and is grounded in an easy-to-use 3-step process.

     Step One: Read a book

     Step Two: Ask a question

     Step Three: Start a conversation

Picture Walk engages a reader’s thoughts and feelings about what they are reading by teaching you how to ask questions in a ‘genuine spirit of a puzzlement’ —questions that encourage your children to think, analyze and reflect, because teaching children the art of asking good questions is how they learn to eventually ask their own questions and find their own answers in life. The ability to ask good questions is a skill that will forever impact the quality of a child’s learning

Children need confidence to do anything well and one of the ways Picture Walk builds their confidence as readers is to show them they have something to say about what they read. Additionally, Picture Walk shows children how to step inside the shoes of a character and develop empathy – allowing them to care about a character and care about what happens to them. The desire to understand and share the feelings of a character is the hook all readers need to find if they are going to have a rewarding reading experience. Picture Walk helps your child find that hook in an enjoyable and meaningful way.

The most important outcome of Picture Walk is not how many books children read, but how many conversations they have about them. At Picture Walk, we live by the saying:
Tell me & I’ll forget. Show me and I may remember. Involve me and I’ll understand.

Picture Walk - simply put involves children in a story.

So what do you get with Picture Walk?

Picture Walk is broken down into 3 lessons, 3 video tutorials and an exclusive guide to the Picture Walk Technique that can be completed within a few hours and used time and time again!

The Lessons

Each lesson contains a formulated topic that clearly defines what it is, why it is essential to the Picture Walk technique and step-by-step ways to apply. You’ll also get an in-depth video lesson for each segment and an exclusive guide for the exercises.

Conversational Reading & the
Reading Relationship

The Reading Relationship is the relationship that comes when parents and children share the reading experience and together engage in the story through conversation. This relationship changes how children read by creating a climate that is engaging, caring and respectful. At the core of the Reading Relationship is Conversational Reading.

Conversational Reading--reading and talking about a story--fosters a tender and close bond between parent and child. The reading relationship comes into being when parents and children together become engaged in the story through conversation. It’s that relationship that changes how children read by creating a climate that is engaging, caring and respectful.

Walk Through the Story Before You
Read the Story

Walking through the story is an activity for younger and older children and is intended to entice the child to want to read the story and to give just enough information to familiarize them with the story. For younger children this means looking at the pictures before reading any of the words—what we like to call, taking a walk through the pictures.

For older children who are reading books without pictures, this means talking with your child about the book—looking at the cover, reading the blurb on the back of the book that gives a sense of what the story is about.

Make Connections

Making Connections is the outcome of the conversations and is at the heart of the relationship you have created inside the experience of Conversational Reading. Conversational Reading teaches children how to transfer knowledge, problem solve and think critically. And just maybe, one of the most important out-comes is the closeness you foster with your child—creating the habit of sharing both your mind and heart and talking with them about what matters.

Learning how to make connections is one of the most important benefits that come’s from the reading relationship and conversational reading.

The Key To Academic Success

Language acquisition and fluency comes from face to face interaction between an adult and a child, not from a gadget or a flash card. Face to face interaction is how children play with language and play is one of the most cognitively stimulating things a child can do. Children’s brains grow at a dazzling pace in the first years of life. Most of a baby’s 100 billion brain cells aren’t yet connected in networks. Those cells become connected when babies have stimulating experiences: reading singing, talking, and playing—all verbal related activities.

Parents who want to stimulate their children’s brain development often focus on things like early reading, flashcards and language tapes. But a growing body of research suggests that certain activities, playing certain kinds of childhood games and reading aloud and talking about a story may be the best ways to increase a child’s ability to do well in school. Play is not just fun for children – it is fundamental and is a key to a child’s learning and development. Play helps children learn language and think symbolically so they understand that spoken and written words can stand for real objects and experience. Play also helps children express themselves and put thoughts into words.

Research from the US Department of Education shows that early language experience actually stimulate a child’s brain to grow. Infants, young children and juveniles need to be surrounded by people talking and talking a lot. Talking develops a child’s use and understanding of language, which is the basis of reading.

“Valuable”

“I cannot even begin to tell you how valuable Diane’s advice has been to me, both as a parent and as a librarian.”

Librarian at La Jolla County Day School, CA

“an inspiring take on reading”

“Diane’s presentation, both a welcome and inspiring take on reading and talking with adolescents, showcased the opportunities books offer to connect with our children at this exciting stage of their lives.”

Parents Coalition of Bay Area High Schools

“Diane is amazing”

“I am an educator and the mother of two young children and I came away from Diane’s presentation on Strategic Literacy with more tools than I went in with and that feels good.  Diane is amazing and I hope she returns to our community.”

Early Childhood Literacy Community professional,  New Haven CT

Disclaimer: In accordance with the latest FTC guidelines, we want to make it explicitly clear that the customer letters we have received are based on the unique experiences and circumstances of a few people only. We cannot promise that you will experience similar benefits from using our product. The generally expected performance of Picture Walk in regards to any specific disease, disability or other specified topic has not been scientifically validated and we cannot and will not make any promises in regards to any miracle cures.

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Myths & Facts

Over the years, Diane has encountered a range of concerns from parents and teachers about children and reading. This lead her on a mission to dispel any misleading assumptions that may be standing in your child’s way of learning.

Myth A parents job is to teach their child to read before they enter school.
Fact No, a parent’s job is not to teach their child to read before they enter school. A parent’s job is to make sure their child is ready to learn to read when they enter school. This is accomplished by reading aloud and talking to children about the stories they hear. This is how children acquire a healthy/robust , choose which word works best vocabulary which is the linchpin of literacy.
Myth Learning to read before a child enters school will make them a better reader.
Fact Not necessarily—Learning to read is a developmental skill and a child’s readiness factor is essential. Being able to read when entering kindergarten is no guarantee a child will be a better reader in 3rd grade than someone who learned to read later.
Myth Offering a child difficult and challenging books will help him become a better reader.
Fact No — a child becomes a good reader when he/she reads books he/she understands and is able to talk about what happened in the story.
Myth My child will be a better reader when he is able to increase his reading speed.
Fact No — children need comprehension, not speed in their reading.
Myth Children understand everything they read.
Fact No — don’t confuse a child’s ability to read a story with their ability to understand a story. Play it safe and assume they do not understand everything they read and a conversation is one of the most effective ways to ensure they to understand what they read.
Myth Once my child learns to read on their own, they don’t need me to read to them any longer.
Fact No, the books a parent reads with their child builds a child’s appetite for more complex and sophisticated stories. Reading aloud, sharing ideas, and talking about what matters with your child is not something that anyone outgrows. Let there be no doubt—children who talk about stories, better understand and enjoy the stories they read.