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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.

Early years skill:Reading
Early years typical range:8-20m
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum skill:English Reading
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum level:P4
TAP skill:Reading
TAP level:TAP24
Section:Early Years (0-5yrs) info; Primary (5-11yrs) info
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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
Family photos

Ask parent for family photos from home

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