With children from 0 to 1 years, you can …

— Have rubber, plastic, fabric books and textures for free handling (babies like to handle objects to become familiar with them)
— Point out the pictures in the book and say out loud the name of what your child is looking at
— Turn pages according to baby’s interest or help him to turn them
— Represent with gestures or with the voice the figures that you are showing
— Imitate the sounds the baby does and observe his reaction
— Asking questions about the things he is hearing and seeing
— Follow baby’s directions, either to read more, to repeat or stop

From 1 to 2 years old, you can …

— Let the child choose a book that he wants to read along with you
— Use different voices to represent the various characters in the stories
— Ask questions so the child can respond by pointing or speaking
— Encourage him to make the sound of a certain animal
— Smile and respond when the child speaks or points
— Let the child turn the pages of the book
— Add more words about an image that he points to
— Naming and demonstrating actions and emotions in stories – not just reading what is there

From 2 to 4 years, you can …

— Ask questions about the pictures in the book so the child answers
— Read books that present actions that children already understand as unusual. For example: “The three wolves and the bad pig”
— Value all questions and comments that the child does
— Give the child the opportunity to comment on a picture or word
— Show the child how the things that happen in the books are similar to what happens to us
— Talk about the feelings of the characters and ask if he already felt that

From 4 to 6 years, it is possible …

— Talk spontaneously about the subjects of the book
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Show the child that you are reading the words in the book
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Read the story the way the author wrote, without changing the strange and different words that expand the child’s vocabulary
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Follow the reading with your finger so the child can visually follow the letters

 

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