"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!

10 September 2010

Literacy Tip #12 .: Developmental Milestones of Early Literacy / Part Four of Five :.

Photo credit :: The Graphics Fairy ::

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:

Big Dog and Little Dog Going for a Walk: Big Dog and Little Dog Board BooksMy Big Truck Book (Priddy Bicknell Big Ideas for Little People)Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes (Baby Board Books)Peek-A Who?First 100 Words (Bright Baby)Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? (Bright and Early Books for Beginning Beginners)I Spy Little Book

 Enjoy this valuable reading time with your toddler!!!
Coming next Thursday :: Tips for reading time with your child who is 3 years and up ::

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