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Words on the Page

As you read with your child, point to important parts of books such as the title, spaces between words, and where the words begin and end.

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Extending this activity

  • -Read several different versions of the same folktale written by different authors. Discuss the similarities and differences between the books. Focus on the similar concepts of print that most books have in common, such as the title, the author's name on the title and cover page, spaces between words, and sentences written from left to right.

    -Read "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" by Janet Stevens. Ask the child to find the title, author's name, and title page. Allow the child to turn the pages and point to the words where you should begin reading.

Adjust for an older child

Encourage the child to chime in and chorally read part of the book with you, particularly the rhyming portions. He will probably echo as you read and will actually be a split second behind you in pronouncing the words.

Adjust for a younger child

One and two year olds are beginning to build their basic concepts about print as they watch how the adult handles the book. Multiple daily read aloud opportunities are critically important for young children. Board books are particularly suited to this age as they are sturdier and easier for the young child to manipulate.

What is being taught through this activity

  • Foundational Literacy/Math Skills: Reading and Understanding Books

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