To introduce your child to reading a text, it’s a great idea to use a rich learning experience. There are a few things that you need to remember when creating a book for your child.
- Keep the sentences short and repetitive. For example the focus here is ‘I saw a…’ so each page should repeat that sentence (I saw a lion, I saw a giraffe etc), with the exception of the front cover which should simply state the name of the place-making it easy for your child to remember and the first page (I went to….). By changing up the first page (I went to the zoo) a child understands that they cannot rote learn each page and it encourages them to look at the words for clarification. Keeping the remaining sentences repetitive allows children to memorize the words and then visualize what the words look like-making connections between the two.
- Using photos which have your child in them encourages your child to look at the photos and generates discussion-great for oral language skills! They also introduce the concept of using pictures to assist when decoding a text. When your child is reading ‘I saw a lion’, they will quickly learn to look at the picture to assist them with decoding this new word. As their confidence grows they will learn what the word ‘lion’ looks like and begin to read it without using the pictures for support.
- Using a rich learning experience allows a child to take ownership over their learning as they have experienced it. They are engaged as it is a topic they are interested in and they have enjoyed the experience making the learning more accessible and achievable.