- book-browsing boxes
- reading chair
English Language Arts/Foundational Skills/RF.PK.MA.1.a: Handle books respectfully and appropriately, holding them right-side-up and turning pages one at a time from front to back.
Head Start Outcomes:
Literacy Knowledge/Book Appreciation and Knowledge: Shows interest in shared reading experiences and looking at books independently.
Literacy Knowledge/Book Appreciation and Knowledge: Recognizes how books are read, such as front-to-back and one page at a time, and recognizes basic characteristics, such as title, author, and illustrator.
Social Emotional Development/Self-Concept and Self-Efficacy: Identifies personal characteristics, preferences, thoughts, and feelings.
Social Emotional Development/Self-Concept and Self-Efficacy: Demonstrates age-appropriate independence in a range of activities, routines, and tasks.
Social Emotional Development/Self-Concept and Self-Efficacy: Shows confidence in a range of abilities and in the capacity to accomplish tasks and take on new tasks.
PreK Learning Guidelines:
English Language Arts/Reading and Literature 10: Engage actively in read-aloud activities by asking questions, offering ideas, predicting or retelling important parts of a story or informational book.
Health Education 19: Practice independence and self-help skills.
“Favorite” Book Game
Skill Focus: Book Appreciation, Book Care and Handling, Concepts of Print, Listening and Speaking, Vocabulary
Have children work in pairs or small groups. Ask one child to choose his or her favorite book from the selection of ramp books in the class library. Allow the child to sit in your chair and demonstrate how to hold a book, find the title, show the front cover, etc. Then ask the child if he or she would like to “read” the story to the partner or group. While the child is in the reading chair, ask questions and encourage others to ask questions, such as,
- What about the book makes it your favorite book?
- What is your favorite part?
- Who is your favorite character?
Then, read the book making sure to explain that the book is special because it is “<child’s name>’s favorite.” This game helps children understand that books are special and should be treated with love and respect.