Today's literacy tip is part one of a five-part series on children's early interaction with books, designed to optimize your reading time with your little, little one(s). It is adapted from research provided by Reach Out and Read, an excellent resource for early literacy intervention.
If your child is 6 - 12 months of age, here are instrumental motor and cognitive skills he or she is capable of demonstrating from a literacy perspective:
- reaches for book(s)
- puts book(s) to mouth
- sits in your lap, holding head and neck steady
- turns pages with your help
- looks at pictures in book(s)
- vocalizes reactions to pictures
- shows a strong preference for real-life pictures of faces, rather than cartoons
- cuddle / hold your child comfortably on your lap
- allow your baby to lead the reading session by following his or her cues to turn pages or to stop reading
- point to and give names to objects and people in pictures
Here are just a few of my suggestions:
Happy reading with your baby!
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