Welcome to the second monthly installment of Reading Corner. Each month I will share Sweet Pea’s favorite book ATM (at the moment) and some activities or ideas that I do with her to bring the pages to life. I hope that you will follow along our reading journey and that you are able to learn a thing or two and perhaps even share an idea or two with me! Without further ado here is our second book selection.
Pop-up Peekaboo! Farm
This month’s reading toddler tip: Saturate your young reader. I’ve been working on animal sounds with Sweet Pea so I’ve been making sure she sees and hears these sounds in several different ways. Books about animals, wooden farm puzzle, songs, puppets and the Little People farm have all been my tools in saturating her little mind with animals. We also plan on visiting a farm in a few weeks. I can’t wait to see her reaction to the real deal. Whatever the skill find ways to incorporate it in as many different ways as possible. Seeing a particular subject matter like farm animals in different contexts will help make the skill more concrete.
Example questions while reading and playing:
What sound does the __cow__ make?
Can you _Moo_ with me? (We will sing moo in different tones too or even voices. Make it silly and fun. After all learning is fun!)
Point to the _hen_.
Where is the _pig_?
Can you find the _horse_?
Does a _horse_ say moo? No, what sound does a _horse_ sound like?
Will you bring/show me your _sheep_?
Some of the questions are asking the exact same thing (like finding something) but saying it in different ways is a great skill to start incorporating now. When your reader is of school age these types of questions will be asked so why not start hearing them now. These questions will get those wheels turning and help your child on the path to becoming a critical thinker.
Does Sweet Pea always answer these questions? No. Does she even understand when I try to trick her by asking if an animal makes a sound it doesn’t really make? I don’t think so. But I ask anyway and I answer my own questions. Hearing your words and conversation with yourself is also a terrific way for your child to learn. She’ll get there; your child will get there. When they do I’m willing to bet every penny they will get there much sooner than a child who isn’t read to and questioned. I also know that your child will become a more confident and willing reader.
Although I have a degree as an elementary teacher I do not have a specialization in reading. All of my recommendations come from years in the classroom, workshops, research and tutoring students with reading difficulties.