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How to read a book

While this might seem silly, there are several ways of reading and engaging with a book to enhance the experience for you and your child.

If your kids are anything like mine, we might read the same book every night for weeks. Over time, I developed techniques to vary our focal points. In addition to keeping me engaged, it enabled us to appreciate all the images and words in the book. While a child may not want to sit on your lap, a comfy rug is inviting!

Here's how I would read The Alphabet of You over two weeks with different intentions.

Usually, I'll ask if they want me to read the book or do something different as sometimes they are up for an adventure, other times not. Allow toddlers to help hold the book, turn the pages, and return the book to the shelf. These little book etiquette tips encourage appreciation and proper care for our books. I even ding when it's time to turn the page to keep them engaged.

Day 1 - Ask how they think the child in the picture feels

Day 2 - Ask them about situations where one of the words was exhibited

Day 3 - Read the adjectives and their definitions

Day 4 - Review and practice visual, verbal, and ASL alphabet

Day 5 - Discuss why a child might be in a wheelchair to normalize the concept

Day 6 - Talk about the diversity of hair, complexion, or ethnicity Day 7 - Review colors, shapes, and patterns

Day 8 - Ask them to identify letters or words depending on skill level

Day 9 - Have them identify shapes, colors, or numbers

Day 10 - They can go on a scavenger hunt looking for items from the book

Day 11 - Discuss goals and dreams and steps to achieve them

Day 12 - Identify adjectives for family members, friends, and neighbors

Day 13 - Spell names in the family with ASL signs

Day 14 - Select an adjective you are and one you want to develop

Books are great teaching tools! Creatively exploring and reading books can enhance your child's experience with and love for books.

An extension packet is available for purchase to deepen the lessons learned in the book. From a photo scavenger hunt or handwriting practice to hopscotch and bingo, several games and activities expand your child's vocabulary, empathy, and self-confidence.

Happy Reading!

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