Zoobean Reading Guide


Before Reading

Explore and Discover

Take a moment to look at the cover and illustrations with your child and describe what it is that you see, as well as any elements that may catch your child's attention. Model great pre-reading behavior by asking your child questions about the illustrations. If s/he is too young to verbally respond, provide your own answers to the questions. This guide has a lot of tips, so don't feel the need to include them all in one reading of the story. Your child benefits from multiple readings, so feel free to ask a few each time. Use prompts like these to preface the book:

What do you see on the cover? I see...

I wonder...

Look, here is a...

Can you find the...

What do you think this book will be about? I think it will be about...


As You Read

Build Language

Teach your child important pre-literacy lessons by following the words with your finger as you read. This will show your child that you read text from left to right and will demonstrate that each word you say corresponds with a word on the page. Always be sure to be animated as you read, as a readers enthusiasm greatly effects a child's enjoyment during story-time. Use your body and voice to convey different emotions throughout the story!

Also be sure to incorporate simple math and sounds as you read, like counting things in the illustrations like people, animals, etc, drawing out sounds of letters and emphasizing rhymes in a story. Ask/ answer questions like these to help make connections:

What happened to...

Where did...

What do you think will happen next? I think...


After Reading

Talk to/with your child about the story and make your own comments if your child is not yet able to verbally respond. This will help demonstrate good post-reading habits and allow you to expose your child to more vocabulary and ideas.

Did you like that story? Why? I liked it because...

Let's go back and find...

Can you point to...?

How do you think _____ felt? I think...


Extending the Story

Whether your looking for fun math activities or just some fun ways to play for your little one, try a new activity each time you read a story and find a way to connect it to the story, whether it's by matching colors in the book to colors you find in the activity or focusing on team work (a possible theme in the story).

 

A Look At Literacy Development

Zero to Three has some incredible tips that you can utilize to help with your child's literacy development, and you can check out some frequently asked questions that you might have as well.

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