"Books to the ceiling,
Books to the sky,
My pile of books is a mile high.
How I love them! How I need them!
I'll have a long beard by the time I read them."
- Arnold Lobel


Every Tuesday is Book Review Day, where I review and recommend a children's book.

Every Wednesday is Wise Owl Wednesday, where you can butter up your brain with some children's literature facts - history, milestones, trivia ... stop by here to learn a little something about the amazing world of books for the young!

Every Thursday is Literacy Tip Day, where I offer literacy suggestions for your children based upon my teaching and parenting experience.

Keep cozy this fall with a good book!

16 July 2010

Literacy Tip #11 .: Developmental Milestones of Early Literacy / Part Three of Five :.

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Today's literacy tip is part three 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.

** Note: Please keep in mind that every child develops at his or her own rate. This chart is simply a reference and is not intended to be a substitute for a doctor's advice. **
If your child is 18 - 24 months of age, here are some instrumental motor and cognitive skills he or she is capable of demonstrating from a literacy perspective:
  • turns board book pages easily, one at a time
  • carries a book around the house
  • may use a particular book as a transitional or comfort object
  • names familiar pictures
  • reads to dolls or stuffed animals
  • recites parts of favorite or familiar stories
  • attention span varies widely

Here is what you can do to maximize reading time with your 18 - 24 month old child:
  • relate books to your child's experiences
  • use books as often as possible within routines, such as before bedtime
  • ask child "what's that?" ... be sure to give ample time for a response
  • pause and let your child complete sentences while reading

Here are some literature suggestions for your 18 - 24 month-old child:

The Very Hungry CaterpillarThe Very Busy SpiderThe Nice BookThank You Prayer

 Enjoy this valuable reading time with your toddler!!!
Coming next Thursday :: Tips for reading time with your 24 - 36 month-old child ::

1 comment:

Carole Anne Carr said...

A very helpful post! Hugs..

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