Preschoolers (aged 2 ½ to 5 years) enjoy books in many different ways. Some may want you to read their favourite story book from beginning to end. Some may just want to flip quickly through the pages. Some may try to “read” the book to you, pointing out pictures of interest or reciting memorised words or lines from the story. All of these are positive ways to share books together. What is most important is that your child enjoys looking at books with you and that the experience leads to conversation and interaction between you and your child.
When reading with a preschooler, the main goals include:
- Encouraging his/her interest in books and in sharing them with you
- Learning about new words, ideas and concepts, especially those that broaden his/her understanding of their world and stimulate their imagination.
- Understanding and enjoying stories
- Having fun!
Come and spend some time in our BOOK NOOK with your child. At SOS we encourage children………..
- To share in the enjoyment of reading.
- Listen and respond to sounds and patterns in speech, stories and rhymes.
- Respond with relevant comments and questions.
- Broaden their understanding of the world.
- Build on social experiences.
- Explore diversity, traditions and celebrations.
- Express wonder and interest.
- Use their imagination and explore ideas.
- Follow and extend on their interests.
- Make connections between experiences and share knowledge.
- Initiate and contribute own ideas, solutions and predictions.
- Children feel safe, secure and supported.
- Children are effective communicators
- Children are connected with and contribute to their world
- Confident and involved learners