You know the importance of reading to your preschoolers regularly to build literacy skills. You choose engaging books that your preschoolers love. You read with enthusiasm. Did you know that the books you choose can impact the language development of the children in your classroom? This can be especially true for children with disabilities.
Books that are predictable, either because they rhyme or repeat, can support language in preschoolers that may be struggling. One of my all-time favorite story books is a wonderful example.
Include The Napping House by Don and Audrey Wood in your "All about me" theme
This book touches on many important topics for young children. The story opens the door for conversations about non-traditional family structures. Does this child live with his granny or is he just visiting? Who takes care of your preschoolers at home? Your preschoolers can identify with the child in the story.
This story brilliantly engages children through repetition. Your preschoolers will be reading right along with you even if they have never heard the story before.
Tell the story using visuals
use the story to teach math skills
Once the children have become familiar with the story, bring it into your math center! Here are a few ideas, but be creative:
What stories do you use to engage your preschoolers?
There are thousands of amazing children's stories available. There are many traditional stories that we all have used. What are some of your favorites and why?
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Welcome! Through my career I have worn many hats. I taught preschool in a public, commercial preschool and I taught at a Head Start program. Currently, I am a BCBA, supervising 2 clinics for children with autism. At the clinics, I have created a program to prepare our children for success in public school. Children participate in a preschool classroom style program. I developed a comprehensive parent training program and frequently consult with schools. Here, I want to share my experiences and offer some practical advice. Please let me know if there is ever a topic you would like me to cover!