Observe the adult and child reading unfamiliar books.
As the book is read, if the child does not spontaneously point out aspects being read in the pictures, the adult asks questions (e.g., “Goldilocks is in the bear’s kitchen. What do you think she will find?”)
The child determines what a story is about from just looking at the pictures. He analyzes the characters, actions, and locations in pictures and relates them to the text.
Encourage early childhood educators and parents to discuss the pictures and what is in them. They can help children develop visual scanning, analytic, and prediction skills. For example, after reading a page and talking about the content of the picture, the adult can ask, “What do you think will happen on the next page?” This helps children think about the effects of the actions that have already occurred in the book and determine possible options.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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