2 READING FACTS: Learning to read requires a combination of many SKILLS. A child’s success in learning to read is affected more by reading related experiences that a child has BEFORE entering school than the reading related experiences a child has AFTER he/she enters school.Children who are READ to REGULARLY are better readers.
3 Why Use Stories and Books? Literacy is the ability to READ and WRITE. Reading and writing are forms of COMMUNICATION.Why Use Stories and Books?To add and enrich children’s first hand ideasTo foster social relationshipsTo build conceptsTo develop an appreciation of booksTo present informationTo encourage verbal expressionTo call attention to the printed wordTo stimulate new ideasTo help children learn that people read from left to right across the page
4 If a child can SEE other people read - they will learn that READING is IMPORTANT!
5 WHAT DO BOOKS TEACH? Grammar Alphabet Words Rhyming Concepts Relationships
6 ECONOMICAL WAYS TO GET BOOKS: GiftsUsed StoreYard & Garage SalesLibrariesTrade / Children out grow
7 (Pictures can be real, animated or sketched) TYPES of BOOKS:Board BooksPicture BooksChapter Books(Pictures can be real, animated or sketched)
8 Why is literature important for children? Stimulates an interest in readingIt is entertainingBroadens children’s experiencesTeaches academic & social skillsMoral developmentStimulates imagination & creativity
9 What makes literature attractive to children? Bold Attractive IllustrationsRepetition in sounds and phrasesStories about things they can relate to
10 What makes a good children’s book? Language at child’s levelInteresting plot and characters – fun and excitingAvoids stereotypesFree from sexual bias and language
12 CHARACTERISTICS of a Good STORY TELLER: Voice - Change tone & pitchFacial ExpressionEye ContactSpeed - Slow DownVolume - Loud enough for whole groupSpeak Clearly
13 READ STORY BEFORE TELLING! Be FAMILIAR with story.Know VOCABULARY in story.Feel the FLOW of the story.
14 Tips for Reading to Children Group – choose large book so all can seeRead slowly and as natural as possibleAllow time for children to take in the picturesIncorporated voice inflectionAllow children to interact with the book
15 C.R.O.W.S. C. Completion-Fill in the blanks/Rhyming Words R. Retell-Child tells story in own wordsO. Open-Ended-Child Responds “Tell me about…”W. Wh-?’s- What-When-Where-Who & Why questionsS. Schema-Relate to the child’s life
16 Literature as a spring board to other activities Read the beginning of story and allow child to finish endingShow a picture to a child and write what they sayTell a story to a child & have them create illustrationsAct our familiar storiesHave a group of children create a story by each one telling one sentence – write down what they say & read to the group.
17 Goal of LiteracyHelp children developlanguage development!