The Beauty of Book Sharing!
Updated: Nov 24, 2018
Of all activities I like doing with my cherubs, book sharing is one of my favourite! Book sharing is so versatile and if I am being completely honest, it requires "little to no prep time" - the most treasured phrase to any speech pathologist! Providing, of course, you have mountains of books at the ready (guilty as charged). It's not the first time I have admitted to owning more children's books than adult books... not even sorry about that! It's just the first time I have proclaimed that on the world wide web - so maybe a big deal this time around.
Reading for just 15 minutes a day can build your child's foundation literacy skills and provide them with a great start to their schooling life.
There are many elements to book sharing that I always like to keep in mind. Here are a few of my main ones:
- finding a comfortable place to sit and read (number 1 priority!!!)
- picking the right book for the child's age
- what goals I am wanting to target and how I will do this
- the types of answers I am looking for
- what songs/rhymes we can sing together
- how can I incorporate puppets/toys into the book
Sharing books with children creates such a beautiful bond between the child and the reader. Both are engaged in the book and with the use of expression, the reader is constantly engulfing the child in the characters and the story. I always encourage the child to take an active role in the book. Whether this be; acting out particular parts of the story, copying repeated phrases or having them point to particular objects to talk about. The ideas are endless!
Reading for just 15 minutes a day can build your child's foundation literacy skills and provide them with a great start to their schooling life. So grab a book, sit down and read until your heart is content! The children will love it, but I will guarantee you will also enjoy it just as much, if not more!
All of this reading talk has made me want to curl up next to the pool with a good book. So on that note. Ciao!