When you take your child to the library, check out a book
for yourself. Then set a good example by letting your child
see you reading for yourself. Ask your child to get one of
her books and sit with you as you read your book, magazine,
or newspaper. Don't worry if you feel uncomfortable with
your own reading ability. It's the reading that counts.When
your child sees that reading is important to you, she may
decide that it is important to him or her, too
How Does a Book Work?
Children are fascinated by how books look and feel. They see
how easily you handle and read books, and they want to do
the same. When your toddler watches you handle books, she
begins to learn that a book is for reading, not tearing or
tossing around. Before she is 3, she may even pick one up
and pretend to read, an important sign that she is beginning
to know what a book is for. As your child becomes a
preschooler, she is learning that ??
A book has a front cover.
A book has a beginning and an end.
A book has pages.
A page in a book has a top and a bottom.
You turn pages one at a time to follow the story.
You read a story from left to right of a page.
As you read with your babt, begin to remind her about these
things. Read the title on the cover. Talk about the picture
on the cover. Point to the place where the story starts and,
later, where it ends. Let your child help turn the pages.
When you start a new page, point to where the words of the
story continue and keep following the words by moving your
finger beneath them. It takes time for a child to learn
these things, but when your child does learn them, she or he
has solved some of reading's mysteries.
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