Observe the adult and child reading a story with a variety of unusual actions, such as Olivia Saves the Circus.
Have the adult talk about the pictures on each page before reading the text. This will give the adult an opportunity to ask questions like, “What is she doing up there?”
The child understands most simple questions and gives answers, but may not be able to answer more difficult questions (e.g., “Why is she swinging?”) or questions that require a complex answer.
At this age children’s vocabulary is growing rapidly. Action and descriptive words are being added daily. Early childhood educators and parents can help children learn by reading books to children to expand their world. Read books with actions by people, animals, insects, and other characters, and introduce words describing what each are doing.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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