• Helpful tips for sharing wordless picture books

    by  • 10 February 2014 • Children's Books, Steiner-Waldorf Education • 0 Comments

    (From the Scottish Book Trust)

    1. Describe what you see

    Describing the pictures encourages us to use language that is different from how we normally speak. This will expose children to a rich variety of language.

    2. Point things out

    Take your time and point things out in the pictures. Pointing and labelling helps children to learn the meaning of new words. This will also help draw their attention to details in the illustrations.

    3.  Go beyond the pictures

    Ask the children open ended questions about what might be happening and why. Be sure to give children plenty of time to think about their responses. When children reply, repeat what they say and add more information. For example, if a child points out a cat, describe the cat – “that’s right, there is a black cat”. 

    4. Use story language

    When you’re reading the story, try using simple words and phrases like ‘next’ and ‘then’. These linking words help children catch the idea of the flow of a story and how to tell a story in order.

    5. Play with the story

    You don’t always have to tell the story in the same way. If there is more than one character in the book, tell the story from different perspectives. You can make up a different story every time.

    Worldless Picture Books from Floris  

    A New Day Rain or Shine Through the Seasons Spring Summer Autumn Winter Whose Footprints are These Depth of the Lake The Dog Walk Wordless

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