When your toddler or preschooler finds a book that they love, chances are, they will want you to read that book over and over and over again. Plus, once more after that. How do you beat the fatigue and make sure that your child is getting the most out of the book?
Try the See-Show-Say method as devised by professor Joseph Sparling, author of the Abecedarian Approach:
- See: Direct the child’s attention to a picture or detail and name or describe what you see. This step introduces a new word or concept to the child.
- Show: Ask the child to show you an object, detail or action on the page. This steps checks to see if your child has learned the word.
- Say: Ask the child to name the picture, object or detail or to say something about it. This step gives your child a chance to show that they know the new word.
Try these three tricks to make the time spent reading together more meaningful. This type of interactive reading will help strengthen your child’s developmental skills over time. It will reinforce and introduce new vocabulary and comprehension skills as they learn to expand to what they already know. Use this opportunity to teach your child new words in the child's first language or in English. Talk about the pictures, point out favorite objects in real life, (trucks, animals, etc), explain signs at shops and on the street, and even talk about the pictures on food packets.
Don't forget to visit one of our teen reading buddies at your library for more reading practice.
GROUNDBREAKING CELEBRATION TO MARK CONSTRUCTION OF SOUTHEAST BRANCH LIBRARY
District 8 Councilmember Rose Herrera and the City of San José are inviting the public to take part in a groundbreaking celebration at the future home of the Southeast Branch Library, 10 a.m., Sat., Sept. 6, 4001 Evergreen Village Square (corner of Classico Ave. and Evergreen Village Sq.).
The event will mark the initial construction of the system's final branch funded via the Branch Library Bond Measure that was approved November 2000 and allotted $212 million for construction of 6 new and 14 expanded branch libraries in San José. Located on the site of the former Mirassou Winery and to be a key anchor in the Evergreen "urban village," the 16,000 sq. ft. building will feature architecture reflective of its surrounding structures and be the only branch library in the system to be located within a multi-use commercial and residential development.
The Southeast Branch Library will be the second library in District 8 and complement the popular Evergreen Branch, 2635 Aborn Rd.
In addition, the Library will host a hearing later in the fall where the public will have the opportunity to submit proposals to officially name the branch. Please see the City policy to name City facilities and download a proposal form.