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Marcelo, Age 30 Months, Learning Literacy Skills

May 19, 2010

Watch to see how Marcelo is now able to understand that a photo in a book is a symbol for something in the "real world." What do you see Mary Luz doing to encourage Marcelo to take the lead in this story time?

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To Think About:

  • How do you see Marcelo exploring the book?

  • What does Mary Luz do to encourage Marcelo to read this book his own way and at his own pace?

  • What might Marcelo be learning about books and reading in this interaction?

What the Experts Say About This Interaction

What Marcelo does:

  • Stands while reading, which is common for active toddlers.

  • Actively participates in the reading, turning the pages, pointing to what he sees.

  • Shows his ability to understand symbols when he makes the connection between the picture of the elephant in book and the toy elephant.

What Mary Luz does:

  • Lets Marcelo stand, instead of making him sit with her on the couch to read the book.

  • Actively engages Marcelo in the reading by asking questions.

  • Labels and explains what Marcelo is seeing in the book, for example, when she notes what the scissors are for. This increases Marcelo’s understanding of new words and concepts.

  • Follows his cues when he shows he is ready to go to next page.

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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