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Guido, Age 4 Months, Learning Literacy Skills

May 19, 2010

Watch Lupe and Guido looking at a book together. See how Guido shows he is interested in this book.

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To Think About:

What did you see Guido doing?

How did Lupe read and respond to Guido’s actions and sounds?

What might Guido be learning about books and reading as Lupe reads aloud?

What the Experts Say About This Interaction

What Guido does:

  • Shows how much pleasure he is getting from reading the book with his mom by moving his body.

  • Carefully focuses his attention on the book.

What Lupe does:

  • Talks softly and gently—matching her voice to Guido’s mood.

  • Makes reading a pleasurable and loving time together.

Think About How Your Child Is Learning These Skills

  • How does your child like to explore books? (For example, mouthing, pointing, turning pages, acting out the story.)

  • How does she let you know what books she likes?

  • What do you think she is learning from reading books?

  • How do you help your child understand and love books?

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