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Language and Communication choose and share a book with an adult  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


Choosing a book to share with adult

Early years skill:Reading
Early years typical range:8-20m
P-scales/Curriculum skill:English Reading
P-scales/Curriculum level:P4
TAP skill:Reading
TAP level:TAP24
Pre/Nat. Curriculum Area:not specified
Pre/Nat. Curiculum Standard:not specified
Section:Early Years (0-5yrs) info; Primary (5-11yrs) info
Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
Choosing a book

Two different attractive books

1. Hold the two books for the child to choose from where the child can see but a distance apart - it is easier to make a choice if objects are not too close.

2. If necessary help the child to choose by following the child's eye gaze and then guiding their hand to that book. Say 'You want this one.'

Give the child enough time to make a choice, be pleased with what ever choice is made!

If the child finds choosing difficult simplify the choice by offering an attractive book and a not attractive book. It can be hard to choose between two desirable items.

Sharing books with an adult

A chosen book

Somewhere comfortable and pleasant to read together

1. Settle down with the chosen book and show anticipation in your voice and manner about the reading treat to come.

2. Take it in turns to turn pages. Say 'Your turn ........ my turn'.

3. Watch to see what interests the child on a page, point to this and name it or make the animal sound. Keep your language down to single words and repeat words e.g. 'Cow......cow....cow'

4. At the end of your reading time close the book and say 'Finished'.

A reading session may be short - it is better to have a short focused and enjoyable reading time than a longer one where the child gets bored.

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