Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to participate in Pancakes with Pop at Happy Trails Center. These events, which happen twice a year (once in Corning and once in Red Bluff), are a time for families to have a great pancake breakfast with all the trimmings and talk books. We had books available for families to take home and we discussed some tips for sharing books with your child. We talked about two acronyms, CAR and CROWD.
Ask Questions...and WAIT
Respond by adding a little more...and WAIT
Wh-Questions (Who, What, When, Where, Why)
Since our Read-A-Thon is coming up beginning Feb. 2nd, we wanted to make sure that books are in hands and skills are in place to get reading! Reading to your child is such an important part of their development. Begin reading to them as infants--even if they don't understand the words, they will be working on their language development. Older babies and toddlers can begin recognizing pictures and colors. They can start asking questions and predicting what will happen next. When they are sharing a book with you, kids are learning how to relate to others, they're learning respect for books and for literacy, and they are developing skills.