Purpose: Introduce your child to language by reading and looking at books.
For this Activity you will need:
- The book: Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt
- Hold your child on your lap. Hold the book in front of your child and read the title to him.
- After you have read the title, using simple words, tell your child about the picture on the cover of the book. You might say, "Look, there is a bunny," while pointing to the picture of the bunny on the cover. Help your child to touch the bunny. If your child is old enough, encourage him to say bunny with you.
- Read the book to your child, pointing to the pictures and telling your child about them.
- Let your child turn the pages of the book, and read at his own pace. If he is turning pages quickly, just talk about the pictures. If he is turning them slowly, read the words and talk about the pictures.
- Read to your child as often as possible. Develop a routine of reading. For example, read to your child each night before bed.
- Show your child all the times you read. For example, if you are shopping, you might say, "Let’s read our grocery list and see what we need to buy."
Language & Literacy involves:
- Speaking clearly.
- Asking and answering questions.
- Paying attention to and listening to people and stories.
- Following directions.
- Showing an interest in books.
- Learning about sounds in words.
- Recognizing letters and numbers.
- Drawing pictures and trying to write and copy letters.
When your child starts school, he will be more likely to do well if he is able to do these things.