Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Storytime: I Read Signs

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

A wordless picture book, I Read Signs (Reading Rainbow Books) is a wonderful book to use when teaching shapes or safety.

This is also an excellent book to be used to help children connect literacy to their environment. All of the signs in the book are those that many children see regularly on any given day that they leave their home. Reading this book will further help children understand that print conveys meaning and in the case of signs, print is often used to help keep people safe.

Because the book is wordless and filled with colour photographs of familiar signs, this book can be used to have a lively conversation with toddlers and pre-schoolers about their city, neighbourhood, province, country, safety, etc. Games can be made and children can act out some of the actions that the words on the sign indicate, such as: walk, don't walk, push, pull, etc. This is a great way to bring literature alive for children and make the learning fun and memorable insha'Allaah.

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