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Jamie, Age 7 Months, Learning Literacy Skills

May 19, 2010

Watch a video of Jamie and his mother Amanda reading his favorite book together.

To Think About:

  • What do you see Jamie doing?

  • How does Amanda read and respond to Jamie’s actions and sounds?

  • What do you think Jamie is learning about books and reading as Amanda reads aloud?

What the Experts Say About This Interaction

What Jamie does:

  • Uses his sounds and gestures to show he wants to explore the book with his mouth.
  • Persists in his attempts to communicate to his mother how he’d like to explore the book.

What Amanda does:

  • Reads Jamie’s signals and lets him mouth the book. This lets Jamie know his mom values and respects his way of exploring.

  • Makes the reading a back-and-forth experience by giving Jamie time to respond

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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