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Language and Communication listen and respond to stories  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


Looks at pictures with an adult. Watches an adult point to pictures. Listens as the adult talks about the pictures.

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Early years skill:Reading
Early years typical range:8-20m
P-scales/Curriculum skill:English Reading
P-scales/Curriculum level:P4
TAP skill:Understanding of Language/Comprehension
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
Books with pictures

Picture books

1. Get 2 simple books with clear pictures. Or choose flap or pop-up books. Offer the child a choice. The book the child reaches for or looks at is considered the child's choice.

2. Get comfortable with the child and look at the first picture. Use lots of animation in your voice and lift the flap or move the pop-up feature or point to an item on the page and name it at the one word level e.g. '!' or 'Look...........monkey'.

3. The child may not want to continue very long with this ......a few minutes attention is OK. Finish the activity on a good note even if you have only liked at one or two pictures.

Keep the experience short and snappy

Use simple language to label pictures - 1 or 2 words at the most

Repeat, repeat, repeat!

Picture cards

1. Use large format picture cards. Turn them all face down and take turns to turn them over one at a time.

2. Comment on the pictures you turn over using one or two words only.

3. You could hide a picture under a soft toy so that it is still a little bit visible make a show of finding it and turning it over and looking at the picture.

Family photos

Ask parent for family photos from home

1. Photos of the child engaged in activities either stuck into a scrapbook or in a photo album.

2. Follow the procedures as above.

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