Magazine article Teacher Librarian

Some Tips for Sharing Literature with Very Young Children

Magazine article Teacher Librarian

Some Tips for Sharing Literature with Very Young Children

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1. Read aloud regularly.

This tip is for classroom teachers and librarians, too. The more children hear the various uses of language, the more adept they become at using the language, at reading the language, and at writing the language.

2. Read books aloud more than once.

The more children hear a text, the more able they are to "read" along with the teacher or librarian. Repeated rereadings can lead to word recognition as well.

3. Provide a book rich environment.

Have plenty of books in the classroom. Make sure they are accessible to the children. That means having books placed on shelves so that covers can be seen (these children will not pick up books based upon the spine!), having books on desks or tables, having books on chalkboard ledges: anywhere little hands can reach. Also, have books available in other formats: tapes, videos, CD-ROMs, etc.

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