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"Tip 121: October 2018 – Gaining Book Appreciation and Knowledge "
   October, 2018

Tip 121: October 2018 – Gaining Book Appreciation and Knowledge

Website Educational Tip for Language and Literacy Development

Adults need unlimited enthusiasm and excitement for children’s progress and
accomplishments, both great and small. Children are quick to “catch”
excitement for almost any activity from a patient adult who rejoices with
the child over each step or partial step forward. When reading to children,
adults should modulate their voice using both high and low sounds. Stop and
listen to what children say: The amount of time is not as important as
“when” the adults give attention. These “teachable moments” are those
naturally occurring opportunities when a child is most likely to learn, so
listen carefully to what they are saying and respond to their questions.

Infants:
Picture Books
– Susan Neuman, Carol Copple, and Sue Bredekamp in their book Learning To Read And Write stated, “The path to literacy begins with
simple adult behaviors that infants and toddlers find interesting or
pleasing. Caregivers may respond to babies’ cooing, babbling, and other
vocalizations; speaking in warm, expressive voices in attending to
children’s needs and playing with them; and recite nursery rhymes and other
chants or verses with appealing rhythms and sound patterns.” Adults should
read infants picture books where they can enthusiastically describe the
pictures so infants can develop knowledge of spoken words. By rereading a
number of times picture books, infants become familiar and gain a better
understanding of the stories and concepts they might not understand on one
reading.

Toddlers:
Touchy/Feely Books
– “Toddlers love books that they can easily manipulate,
with clear pictures and lots of things to do, textures to feel, holes to
peek through or poke fingers through or poke fingers into, sounds to make, and actions to
imitate. Illustrations of familiar objects and activities (or photo albums of favorite people) and
simple poetic text. Invite toddlers to join in the telling of the stories. They do this
in many different ways: by repeating words and phrases, imitating the
sounds of animals and machines, naming or pointing out pictures and details
upon request, asking questions, and turning the pages” says Carol Copple
and Sue Bredekamp in their NAEYC bookDevelopmentally Appropriate Practice.

Preschoolers:
Dialogic Reading
– This involves children in conversation about the book being read. It is
one of the most effective strategies for promoting children’s vocabulary
development and comprehension. Carol Copple and Sue Bredekamp say in their
NAEYC book Developmentally Appropriate Practice “To broaden
children’s knowledge and vocabulary, teachers use a variety of strategies
such as reading stories and information books rich in new concepts, information, and vocabulary;
planning field trips and inviting class visitors to tell children about
their work or interests; and providing experiences through technology
(virtual field trips”).

What the best and wisest parent wants for his own child, that must the community want for its children. (John Dewey)







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