Appreciation and Knowledge of Books and Stories
Read Like Me: How Imitation Is the First Step on the Way to True Reading
You and your child have enjoyed reading together for the last couple years, and she is now gaining the initiative to look at books on his own. He may sit with his favorite book, turning the pages, and pointing to the different pictures. You may hear him quote the characters as he looks at the pictures or shout out key lines. He may even be able to "read" the whole book, reciting the entire story from memory. Imitative reading is a common step on the path to true reading. This means he understands the sequence of a story and is starting to understand the importance of the illustrations and printed words. And, of course, this also shows his love of books and stories! Support him by reading his favorites over and over and encouraging him to look at books on his own.
Has your child achieved the following Appreciation and Knowledge of Books and Stories developmental milestones yet? If yes, check off all of the skill(s) he has already mastered to date.