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JACK’S OTHER BEANS
By Elizabeth Turner
Once upon a time,
The fourth bean blew to a
warm, wet spot.
The child was hungry.
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SMART Family Literacy
SMART Tips For Reading Aloud to Young Children
1. HAVE FUN! Smile and be enthusiastic about reading.
2. READ SOMETHING THAT LEADS TO MORE FUN. For example, read the movie listings in the newspaper and then go to the movies.
3. SOCIALIZE WHILE READING A BOOK. Children like to read with someone special, like you, so read with your children. Cuddle up.
4. READ THE SIGNS. Everywhere you go, you’ll see signs, such as: stop, one way, danger, and subway. All signs are potential reading practice sessions.
5. CONNECT READING WITH GOOD FOOD. Read menus, recipes, and cereal boxes.
6. POP some popcorn and have a reading party!
7. CREATE SOUND EFFECTS! Make noises like animals or machines and bring stories to life! READ WITH EMOTION!
8. ENCOURAGE! Use an upbeat voice, and say things, such as:
"Oh! I see we are going to read about animals!"
“Great! I’m in the mood for a good story.”
“Wow! That’s a red car!” (Observe and describe.)
“You are getting better and better at this!”
“Reading with you is fun!”
“Thank you for sharing this book with me.”
“I was thinking it’s about time for a story. Why don’t you choose one and we’ll read it together.”
“Every time we read together I notice how many new words you’ve learned!”
“I love to listen to you read. You are very good at it.”
9. VISIT THE LIBRARY AND CHECK OUT BOOKS!
10. ENCOURAGE YOUR CHILD TO ASK QUESTIONS. If you don’t know the answers, you can reply, “That’s a good question.”