"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

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15 October 2010

Literacy Tip #13 :: Developmental Milestones of Early Literacy :: Part Five of Five



 
Today's literacy tip is part five 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 3 years of age and up, here are some instrumental motor and cognitive skills he or she is capable of demonstrating from a literacy perspective:
  • handles books with competence and efficiency
  • turns paper pages one at a time
  • listens to longer stories
  • able to retell a familiar story
  • understands the concept of text
  • able to move finger along text
  • writes name
  • moves toward letter recognition

Here is what you can do to maximize reading time with your child who is 3 years and up:
  • ask "what's happening?" while reading a story
  • encourage writing and drawing
  • let the child tell the story
  • provide at least 15 minutes of reading time each day (this can be in small "pockets" of time, such as 5 minutes in the morning, afternoon, and evening)

Here are some literature suggestions for your child aged 3 years and up:

Snow book & CD setMouse SoupOwl at Home (I Can Read Book 2)A Color of His OwnIf You Give a Mouse a Cookie (If You Give...)We're Going On A Leaf Hunt



 Enjoy this valuable reading time with your child!!!

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