By Josh Carlson, Manager of Youth Services.
You’ll frequently read about my daughter in my blog posts and newsletter, so in the spirit of #WFH, I decided to start making videos with her. Throughout, we will engage with the text and each other, in a process known as Dialogic Reading, which is a super-fancy way of saying we have a conversation about the book we are reading as we read it. Dialogic Reading is an important and effective way of increasing your child’s pre-reading skills and early literacy. And, it’s fun. While you read, don’t just read to your child. Ask them questions. Discuss pictures. Have them guess what happens next. Don’t just read, engage.
For our third video, my daughter and I read Bark, George written and illustrated by Jules Feiffer and read with permission of Harper Collins Children’s Books. Bark, George is a fantastic read-aloud, filled with silliness and animal noises. The silly part, however, for your child’s early literacy skills isn’t the animal noises. Reading stories with animal noises, and making sure to exaggerate those noises, is fun, but also a great way to build your child’s pre-reading skills. Animal noises help with the skill of Phonological Awareness, or understanding the smaller sounds that make up whole words. By hearing a larger variety of sounds, such as various animal noises, your child learns how to differentiate between the sound-parts of words more effectively.
Bark, George is also good for practicing dialogic reading. As you can see in the video, you can ask questions about what is going on with George and George’s mother – “How do you think George’s mother feels right now?” when George is quacking like a duck; “What animal should say ‘oink?’”
Bark, George is available in two digital formats through Hoopla: a digital audiobook read by John Lithgow and a short film version of the book.
Look for another Daddy-Daughter Storytime videos on Thursday!