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Today's literacy tip is part four 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 24 - 36 months of age, here are some instrumental motor and cognitive skills he or she is capable of demonstrating from a literacy perspective:
- learns to handle paper pages with care
- goes back and forth in books to find favorite pictures
- recites entire phrases, verbatim, from books; sometimes, even whole stories
- coordinates text with pictures
- corrects adult when reading aloud if a word is wrong
- reads familiar books to self
Here is what you can do to maximize reading time with your 24 - 36 month old child:
- continue using books in routines
- read, read, read at bedtime
- be willing to read the same story over and over
- ask "what's that?"
- relate books to child's life and experiences
- provide crayons and paper in order to stretch reading experiences
Here are some literature suggestions for your 24 - 36 month-old child:
Enjoy this valuable reading time with your toddler!!!
Coming next Thursday :: Tips for reading time with your child who is 3 years and up ::