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  1. What aspects of your classmate’s post do you agree or disagree with… Offer at least one NEW example to support your reasoning.
  2. Then, extend the discussion by providing doing one of the following: 1) share some related info from an external website, 2) share a personal experience that supports the discussion, 3) share other info from this week’s readings/videos, etc., or 4) ask a thought provoking question based on the content of your classmate’s discussion

1st post

There are several characteristics that must be considered when picking out books to read with young children. One of this is the kind of coloring of pictures and simple objects in the book. Children like brightly colored pictures. The second characteristic is text and rhythm of the book. Children respond well to the types of books that have simple texts and exhibit good rhythm. Another characteristic is wordless books that only have pictures. Such books encourage them to create their own stories regarding the pictures.
Books designed for infants are different from those designed for toddlers and preschoolers. This is mainly because of their stages of development. Books designed for infants largely comprise of brightly colored pictures and simple texts. Some of them also have just pictures with no texts at all, giving infants an opportunity to create their own stories. On the other hand, books designed for preschoolers entail slightly complex texts with good rhythm, since children at that stage already appreciate such complexity. They also use toy-like books given their level of coordination at that stage.
My first favorite book for infants is ‘Nursery Rhymes’ by Kate Toms as the author. This book contains a collection of great nursery rhymes. I loved the book because of its beautiful illustrations that are enjoyable to both parents and toddlers.
The second book is ‘Eating the Alphabet’ by Lois Ehlert. This book introduces infants to the alphabets as well as fruits and vegetables. I loved the book because of its brightly colored pictures and wonderful introduction to vegetables and naming of fruits.
The third book is ‘The Rainbow Fish’ authored by Pfister. The book is about a beautiful fish who gains friends and happiness by learning the art of sharing. This book is particularly impressive on the basis of its coloring of the fish, as well as the morals associated with it.

2nd one

There has emerged a focus on teaching toddlers how to read among modern parents. This puts a lot of pressure on teachers and caregivers when it comes to handling these demands in connection with their practice. It is worth noting though, that teaching infants how to read is not a good practice. The most important reason for this is because it is not developmentally appropriate. This is because attempting to read to infants may create counter-productive results such as making babies associate reading with failure. Reading does not merely involve more than just recognizing and calling out words. It entails comprehension, the aspect of which is not yet developed in infants.
The most important achievement by age 3, as listed in the book, is for a child to be able to comment on characters in books. As stated in the first paragraph, the most vital aspect of reading is comprehension. When a child is able to comment on characters in books, it shows they have comprehended some information about such characters in previous readings.
One of the golden lines from the article is that it is not a good idea to teach infants how to read since this will make other areas of development to suffer. Infants need to learn skills in the appropriate order. When parents and caregivers jump certain stages of development and start teaching them how to read, children end up with incomplete development which may eventually compromise their overall progress. The other golden line is that it is not developmentally appropriate to teach babies how to read. The third golden line is that babies learn best through play. As such, reading instructions may be too formal to them. A particularly do not agree with the notion that there is no need to rush when teaching a child how to read. It must be understood that some children are naturally fast learners. They therefore develop faster than their age mates, therefore teaching them how to read early is not actually a rush.


Part 1:

  1. While there are countless books for infants and toddlers out there, what constitutes a high quality book? What are some characteristics that we might want to look for when selecting books to read with very young children?
  2. How are books designed for infants different from books designed for toddlers or even preschool children?

When I look for a book for children, I look of the existing cover at the beginning. Then, I read some pages because I want to find some interesting story that has meaningful for kids. The book should contain easy and understandable meaning with different pictures. Also, there are some books that have different shapes and sizes with different sounds on them. That would be very interesting for kids in early ages. The designed should be very colorful and interesting with easy words in less than 5-6 pages for toddlers. However, for preschools the books should contain more words and more pages to cover understandable materials.

Part 2:

Share three of your absolute favorite books for infants and/or toddlers with the rest of the class. List the title, author, a sentence or two summary, and tell us why you love this book.

  1. The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

I remember my grandmother bought this book for me. It has the different colorful fishes on it. The book is short. I read this book many times for my little cousin. He loves it too. I loved this book because of the pictures. Also, fish was my favorite animal in my preschool period.

  1. Cinderella by Dan Taylor

I remember I love the Disney story and Cinderella was my favorite book. I love the pictures in the story. The story was so interesting for man and I remember I asked my mom to get the Cinderella’s dress for me. Cinderella was my best princess that I loved.

  1. The Little Match Girl by Hans Andersen

This is another amazing story that I remember when I was kid. The story was about a poor young girl who tries to sell matches in the street. The story was so beautiful. The story was so beautiful for me. The story was so meaningful and I remember my mom read that book for me many times because I asked her about the girl’s situation and I always asked my mom let’s go to find the girl and keep them with us!

4th discussion

In my opinion, the most important reason that attempting to teach infants to read is not a good practice because babies are in the ages that everything is new for them and they need to understand the basic things that happen around them. For example, they need to learn use the bathroom, sleep on time, and how to eat. If their parents force them to learn how to read, it would be very hard and stressful for them and it might be bad effect on their reading in future. “Current research on early literacy and brain development offers natural recommendations on what skills and activities infants and toddlers can perform that will enable them to be successful readers”(Want my baby to read, p 43).

I think the important achievement that children need to learn is “listen to stories from books and stories told”. The first step that make the children’s brain to be ready for reading is listening. They first should hear the words and try to understand the meaning of them, then in next step they will be ready for reading. I remember when mom read a story for me, I was asking about the all characters of story and tried to remember the easy word. It helps a lot when you involve the kid’s idea to understand the meaning of the story and they encourage to learn how to read/write in future.

Golden lines:

  • “The primary goal of language and literacy during the infant and toddler years is to help children hear and distinguish the sounds of language in their environment”. I believe first step of learning language in early ages in hearing because when they listen to the language they get some information about the words and their brains are accepting the new information easier.
  • “Since an infant’s vision is still in early development and the brain is still learning to recognize and differentiate images, the best activities adults can use to support true language and literacy development during infancy are exposing babies to as many sounds, words, and pictures as possible”. I agree the vision is not complete yet. The brain starts to work on the differences. I think parents can provide some activities including the pictures and sounds to improve the kids’ abilities.

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