Reach Out and Read's Developmental Milestones of Early Literacy
- learns to turn paper pages, 2-3 pages at a time
- starts to scribble
- adds 2-4 new words per day
- names familiar objects
- likes the same book again and again
- completes sentences and rhymes in familiar stories
Reach Out and Read's Reading Tips for Parents:
- ask questions like "Where's the dog?" or "What is that?"
- be willing to read the same book again and again
- as you read, talk about the pictures
- keep using books in daily routines
- Stories are a good way to help toddlers increase their attention spans. If your toddler listens to a story for five minutes, that's a long time. As children grow, they will sit longer.
- Sometimes you don't have to read what's actually written on the page. You can just talk about the pictures -- or make up a story about what's happening.
- Children learn by imitating. Does she ever read to her teddy bears or dolls? Does she see you read?
- One way children learn to read -- and learn new words -- is by hearing the same story over and over. It might be boring to you, but it isn't to him. Toddlers enjoy the repetition!
- rhyming books
- picture books that tell stories
- search and find books
- books with board pages -- but also books with paper pages
- silly, funny books
- rhymes, rhythms, repetitious text -- books they can learn by heart
- books about children and families
- books about making friends
- books about food
- books about animals
- books about trucks
- word books
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