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📚 The 2nd stage of children's reading development: 2 reading abilities in the initial reading stage

In the previous text, we mentioned that in order to cultivate children's ability to read independently, it is important to understand the 3 key points of the pre-reading stage. Today, we will talk about the second stage - the initial reading or decoding stage.

Parents should be aware that recognizing more words does not necessarily equate to the ability to read. Reading ability actually includes:

1️⃣ The ability to decode written words;

2️⃣ The ability to comprehend language.

For children who are just starting to develop awareness of words, how can they build these two abilities?

💥 Challenge them: Engage in conversations with them while reading, helping them understand and analyze the meaning of words, and gradually increase their vocabulary.

💥 Choose appropriate books: Choosing books that are suitable for their age and level of comprehension is crucial for their learning. Also, choose books with topics that interest them.

💥 Make connections: Helping children build connections between spoken language and written language can help them learn new vocabulary more easily and improve their oral expression and comprehension skills. (Please refer to the previous text: [Reading Companion Techniques])

💥 Choose picture books with a repetitive structure (see picture book introductions) to help children systematically internalize the rules of language.

Suitable picture book for children in the literacy period - "Dear Zoo"

This book uses cute flap pages that allow children to guess what animal is hidden behind the animal cage. The version that includes animal buttons allows children to play and guess while they read. Usually, I like to play up the mystery by having children look at the animal cage first, then play the animal sound and ask them, "Which one is it?" Children are often eager to reveal the answer.

Suitable picture book for children in the literacy stage - "Fruit Hide and Seek"

Another fun lift-the-flap book, where the fruits are hiding among the branches and leaves waiting to be discovered. Children usually enjoy pretending to be the falling fruit with accompanying sound effects, "thump", before they get to see the cute fruits.

Suitable picture book for children learning to read - "Let's Eat Together"

In this book, children can take the food from the page and feed it to the little animals in the book. I often ask the children to tell the animals what to eat, and sometimes I use things that cannot be eaten as a joke for the children to feed the animals. Children often love to hear adults make silly jokes and laugh out loud.

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