Read With Me


Purpose: Introduce your child to books and help her comprehend (understand and talk about) them!

For this Activity you will need:

  • The book: The Three Bears  
  • The book: The Little Red Hen
  • The book: The Three Billy Goats Gruff
  • Arts & crafts materials bag (including paper, crayons, yarn, glue, scissors, pipe cleaners, beads, Popsicle sticks, and other materials)
  1. Show your child the three books and ask her to choose one to read with you.
  2. Once she has chosen a book, pick it up, showing her the right way to hold the book.
  3. Talk with your child about the picture on the cover. Ask your child what she thinks the book will be about. Next, tell her who wrote the story (the author) and who drew the pictures (the illustrator).
  4. Begin reading the story to your child. It is not necessary to read the book straight through. Instead, stop and talk about the pictures as you read each page. For example, as you read ask: "What do you think will happen next? What do like the pictures? Why? Do you like the story so far?"
  5. As you read, use your finger to follow the words of the story. This will show your child that there are words on the page and that you are reading them to tell the story.
  6. When you have finished the book, show your child the arts and crafts materials. Ask your child to use these materials to make a picture of one of the characters (a person or animal) from the book. For example, you may say to your child, "Why don’t we draw Goldilocks?" (or the little red hen or the troll).

Next Steps/Follow-Up:
  • Act out your child’s favorite part of the story (or the entire story). Pretend to be the characters.
  • Make simple puppets using the paper bag and other art materials. Put on a puppet show of the story.
  • Have your child retell the story, asking her to recall details such as:
    • What happened in the beginning? The middle? The end?
    • Who was in the story? What did they do?
    • What do you think would happen next if the book were to continue?
  • Tell familiar stories to your child and let her tell stories to you!
  • Read and enjoy other books with your child.

Background Information:

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.

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