Brain Building With Books

  • Oral language is the beginning of literacy. Speak clearly and Talk! Talk! Talk!
  • Create a safe and comfortable print-rich environment.
    Use multi-sensory experiences (smell, taste, touch, hearing, & sight)
  • Cuddle up with a child and a book. Attachment and responsive care reduces the amount of cortisol, a stress hormone to the brain. Increased levels of cortisol interfere with a child’s learning.
  • Use dramatic play and create prop boxes to act out the characters in a story.
  • Read aloud! Use your finger to show left to right reading.
  • Repetition/Rhyme – Read it and Say it again and again!
    Children learn from repetition and are able to predict what will happen next.
  • Take a picture walk and point out the illustrations and talk about what you see.
    This helps the child understand the printed word.
  • Ask open-ended questions, “What are you building with the blocks?”
  • Compare and Contrast. “Is the elephant bigger than the mouse?” “Are they the same color?”
  • After you read, ask the child what happened at the beginning, middle and end.
    Introduce the parts of the book (title and author).



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