One way to build vocabulary is to introduce new words prior to reading a book with those words. It can be as simple as saying the word and explaining what it means before opening the book. This is a great way to increase your child’s vocabulary since children are more likely to remember certain words if they are used, heard, and spoken more than once. Before reading this book, talk about the title and what the word “extraordinary” means.
–Tip by Amy S., Youth Programming Assistant
You can practice print awareness anywhere, even if you don’t have a book. Name the letters and the sounds on stop signs or billboards you see while driving, food labels at the grocery store, and other print you run across throughout the day. Even though children may not be able to recognize the letters or words yet, they are still learning to recognize the shape or symbol. This will help them to understand that print has meaning and that it is all around us.
–Tip by Claire Bartlett, Youth Outreach Coordinator
Making learning about the alphabet fun. Play this fun alphabet game with your child. Find a shoe box, mark it with a letter of the alphabet, and search with your child to find objects that begin with that letter to put inside the box.
–Tip by Mary S., Youth Services Department Head
Practice telling and retelling stories. Try looking at some of the birds outside and talk with your child about what they are doing and what they look like. Then try making up stories about the birds in your neighborhood. This will help your child later to talk about what is happening in books.
–Tip by Keary B., Youth Collection Specialist
Develop children’s print motivation by getting them excited about books. Through your enthusiasm and storytelling, children will be motivated to discover books with you and on their own. Have fun exploring Spot’s Birthday Party by Eric Hill with its entertaining flaps and playful pictures.
–Tip by Carol C., Elementary School Liaison