Reading to Preschoolers

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reading to preschoolers
reading to preschoolers

Reading to Preschoolers is so beneficial. There is so much evidence that adult input during book reading in the preschool years is essential.

​A recent study showed that reading to preschoolers provides a valuable context for word learning during early childhood. Understanding new words and saying a wide range of words has been linked to later school and academic success.

The study showed that the more that the parent or adult made the preschool book reading time interactive (rather than just reading the book to the child word for word), the more the child showed active attention, interest and learnt the meaning of more of the words in the books.

reading to preschoolers

It seems it is less about what preschool books a child is exposed to than how interactive the parent when reading the book with the child. The success of shared book reading depends largely on a reader’s success in promoting children’s active engagement in the book.

This can be achieved by:

  • Actively pausing at the end of a page and asking the preschool child questions about new words or ideas that was just read
  • By responding promptly and in a positive manner to the child’s focus in the book e.g. you might be reading about the dog in the book but the child is more focused on or pointing a small butterfly in a picture nearby. Rather than telling them off for not listening a prompt response to acknowledge their interest can make all the difference.
  • Preschool books vary greatly in their length and complexity. It is important to keep the shared reading time at a length that matches the child’s level of attention and development. This will vary with each preschool child.
  • If a child initiates an interest to read try to grab the opportunity when they show the interest.
  • Run you finger along the words as you read them to start to bring the Preschoolers attention to early reading awareness. At this age, they can be getting really interested in letters and shared reading time of preschool books is ideas early literacy awareness activities.

Children's Books Educational Resources 

Use these Teaching and Talking Tips while reading. The download helps boost speech, language and literacy skills while reading

In these downloads you will receive pages++ of information and tips broken down into an easy to read and understand format that will inspire you with ideas that you can put into practice today.

Teaching & Talking Tips: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle 



Teaching & Talking Tips: Where's My Teddy by Jex Smith



Peppy The Balloon Clown

Let's say the P sound​ eBook

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Children's Books: Peppy The Balloon Clown "Let's say the P Sound"

Promoting Speech Development and Clarity Improving Sound Awareness for Reading Skills!

     Pop, a magical character, and his friend Peppy the Balloon Character take Becky and Timmy on a exciting adventure to save the circus event! Watch with delight as the children reading the book bring the balloon characters to life with their magic chants. This book however is so much MORE than a fun children’s story: This children's book encourages CLEAR SPEECH, EARLY READING SKILLS, COMPREHENSION SKILLS AND SOCIAL CONCEPTS.

     The book cleverly teaches children how to say the “p sound” and then helps them practice saying the sound with vowels (e.g., pee, par) and then in words (at the beginning, middle and end of words).  Great for children that are not saying the “p” sound well (e.g., “pig” sounds like “big” or “cup” is said as “cu___”.

Mr Tongue Story eBook

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Children's Books: Mr Tongue Story

A book that encourages children to FOCUS on imitation of tongue & lip movements - Ideal foundation skills for speech, language & eating.

     FOCUSING on tongue and lip movements will increase a child's awareness of their tongue and lip movements. The story focusing on the range of tongue movements as well as the coordination & speech of the movements. Awareness of tongue movements can assist when directions are given to encourage imitation of correct speech sounds. However the book works on more than just "tongue exercises". Children are encouraged to copy movements at the mouth level. This can help in developing the pre-speech skill of imitation.

     Social skills can be boosted as well as children are encouraged to look at people's faces, tongue and lips which can build eye contact. An increased general awareness of tongue & lips movements can also help the pre-speech skill of general attention as turn-taking is embedded in the copying routines.

Focus On Objects eBook

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Children's Books: Focus On Objects

A children's book that talks at your child's speaking level and grows with them!

     Parents without the skills of adapting books to the language level of a specific child may loose the child's FOCUS and the child's opportunity to learn from the story. If a story is delivered at a language level that is too high or too low for the child to fully engage in or learn from story. The book has 4 levels that you can read to them OR Dr Sandra McMahon, Speech Pathologist's voice over can be provided with a push of a button. This means the children can listen over and over. They see the words grow into sentences and have the words read for them. Great for early reading skills too!

​     This eBook is actually spoken by Dr Sandra McMahon to coach you on how to change the words, the tone and the intonation of what you are reading. This eBook is delivered at 4 different levels: Children with No Words, Children with Some Words, Children with 2-3 Word Sentences & Children Developing Longer Sentences. The book grows with your child.

Blewitt & Langan (2016). Learning words during shared book reading: The role of extratextual talk designed to increase child engagement. J Exp Child Psychol. 2016 Oct;150:404-10

Sandra McMahon

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