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Language and Communication Discusses pictures and creates simple narrative  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.

Early years skill:Reading
Early years typical range:22-36m
P-scales/Curriculum skill:English Reading
P-scales/Curriculum level:P6
TAP skill:Reading
TAP level:TAP36
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
Creates own narrative when reading a book

Appealing book - if possible without text.

  1. Sit near the child and take turns to talk about a page in the book.
  2. When it's your turn name and point to the pictures using 1 or 2 words.
  3. When it's the child's turn, help them to point (with hand over hand modelling if needed) and give them the name of the picture: say "Look... car, big car."
  4. Help the child to point again and say 'look... ca..." Leave the phrase unfinished - can the child complete the phrase for you? If not say it for them as they would if they could.

Choose a much liked book.

Use phrases of 1 or 2 words only to name and label pictures.

Use lots of repetition.

Give the child time to explore materials and pictures in his/her own way.

End the activity on a high note - even if this means only doing the activity for a short time.

Use lots of praise when the child names or labels pictures.

Discusses pictures in a book

Appealing book photocopied -

Blu tac

  1. Colour the pictures in - talk about the pictures as you colour. Use 1 or 2 word phrases and lots of repetition.
  2. Cut out the photocopied and coloured items from a favoured book.
  3. Match them to the originals.
  4. Can the child name as he/she matches? If not, say it for him/her as he/she would if he/she could e.g. 'Look... sad teddy... yes, more sad teddy.'
  5. Can the child take the photocopied pictures for a favoured book and blu tac them on a big sheet of paper - in any order - and comment on them e.g. "Teddy... sore foot... sad teddy" etc.
  6. Point to items and name as you stick them on the big piece of paper.
  7. Can the child take the big piece of paper and show and tell to another adult?
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