Having a place for children’s books to live gives your little learner a place to go and be alone with his/her thoughts. It’s a place of exploration as pictures on the pages spring up and imaginations begins to take place around the story. Books develop vocabulary and expressive language. Books develoop listening skills. Books allow for auditory discrimination through oral activities such as rhyming or alliteration.
In your book nook provide a wide variety of literature. Have board books, sensory books, picture books. Provide nursery rhymes and stories that repeat like The Three Bears. Include multi-cultural books, fingerplays, ABC and counting books. Story books must be present in the book nook.
Make reading to your children a priority. Just 15 minutes a day can make a world of difference in your children’s future development as readers. If your child can’t sit still for 15 minutes, it’s okay. Read a bit, take a break and return to the story later. Read with expression and point to the pictures. Ask questions that elicit a response around a picture, giving an opportunity to check for story understanding and language accquisition.
When you read, do read the entire book. Look at the cover. What is the title? Who is the author? What does the artwork look like and who was the illustrator? Read the author page. Would your children like to write a book? Even if they cannot yet read, they can be oral story writers as they dictate their stories to you.
Read, read and read some more. The value of reading goes well beyond the time spent curled up with a good book.
I leave you with this as today’s inspiration: We ought to hear at least one little song everyday, read a good poem, see a first rate painting and if possible, speak a few sensible words. – Johann Wolgang von Goethe:
Have a happy day.
See you tomorrow.