ברבים מהספרים לפעוטות יש משפט חוזר שעוזר להם לעקוב אחר הסיפור ולהצטרף לקריאה. כדי להדגיש את המשפט החוזר בעת קריאת הסיפור תוכלו להקריא אותו בקול מיוחד, להוסיף תנועת ידיים או לשנות את קצב הקריאה. כשיגיע המשפט המוכּר להם ישמחו הפעוטות להצטרף אליכם.
בקצה כל עמוד מופיע איור שרומז לפגישה שמחכה בעמוד הבא. לפני שהופכים את הדף תוכלו להביט ברמז המאויר ולנחש מי מחכה לכם בעמוד הבא. תוכלו גם לשחק עם חפצים אמיתיים: לכסות חפץ כמעט לגמרי ולשאול את הפעוטות מה מסתתר מתחת לכיסוי – דובון, כובע ואולי תיק קטן?
העמוד האחרון של הספר הוא סיפור בפני עצמו ובו פרטים מאוירים רבים. אפשר לחפש באיור את מי שפגשתם לאורך הסיפור: כלב, ילדה, כובע או פרח. אפשר גם לנסות לזהות חפצים בבית של סבתא ולקרוא להם בשם: היכן הקומקום? מה תלוי על הקיר?
Reading books is a wonderful way by which to get to know a child’s world. While reading, you may want to pause every once in a while, and allow your child to respond to the events depicted in the book: How do the characters feel? How do we, as readers, feel? Has something similar ever happened to you?
Have you ever helped to make a salad? Have you ever fallen and hurt yourself? You may enjoy recollecting together, parents and children, moments when you felt big, and managed to do something all on your own, and other incidents when all you wanted was to be hugged and comforted. This may be a good opportunity to get to know your child’s experiences, while sharing special moments with them from your own childhoods.
Pick up two objects and compare them – which of them is small and which is big? Now, replace one of the objects with another, and check again: Is the teaspoon big or small when compared to a bottle cap? And what happens when it is next to a broom? You can use yourselves as one of the objects and check whether you are big or small. And what happens when you stand next to other family members?
While reading, you may enjoy looking at the illustrations and searching for interesting details: What is Matan doing? How many animals can you spot? Who is large and who is small? Where can you see a cat? And which of the illustrations is your personal favorite?
Reading books from a young age contributes greatly to toddlers’ development. Starting to read slowly and gradually is recommended. At first, toddlers may be allowed to connect to the book in their own way: Touch it, open and close it, look at the illustrations, and become curious. Later, you can read: Read a little each day, patiently and calmly. Some toddlers will prefer to read a single page, get familiar with and used to it, until – hey – books have become friends!
We can make interesting discoveries if we only pay attention. You may enjoy discussing what you see on your way as you walk or drive: “Here is a red car!” “I see clouds, and what do you see?” You could also share and exchange experiences with your toddler: “On my way to work, I saw a lady walking her dog. What did you see today on your way to daycare or back?”
Like the boy in the book, all toddlers enjoy rituals that generate a fixed routine, calm them down, and help them start their day feeling good and happy. You could also have your own morning ritual each day. For instance, you could encourage your toddler to bid a beloved stuffed toy farewell: “Teddy, Teddy, I’m going to Kindergarten, goodbye!” while you parents reply on behalf of the bear: “Goodbye! See you later! Have a safe journey!”
Many animals appear in the book. You could look at them together, and state their names, make the relevant sounds, and mimic their movements: Crow like a rooster, hop like a bunny, or gallop and neigh like a horse. You could also look at the illustrations on the final page, cover one of the animals each time, make the relevant sound or mimic its movements, and have your toddler guess which animal it is.
From bed to daycare – what a journey! From the moment we open our eyes to the minute we set foot in daycare, so many things happen: We can meet the sun rising, our toothbrush or some people on our street, and wish them all a good morning! This greeting is a ritual that helps toddlers begin their days confidently, calmly, and enjoyably – a new day has begun well!
How do we turn books into friends? Reading from a young age contributes greatly to toddlers’ development. We suggest starting slowly, gradually, and age-appropriately: Some toddlers will want to touch the book, open and close it, or even “taste” it. You can then read a little, patiently and enjoyably. You could start by reading one page, and, as you get used to it, add more pages, until, hey – books have become friends!
While reading, you could emphasize the words good morning using a special voice and welcoming gesture. Invite toddlers to join in, follow the story, and take an active part in the reading. You could create your own good morning greetings: “Good morning kitchen chair!” “Good morning, tree on our street!”, “Good morning, Bobby the dog!”
To toddlers, everything can be a teachable moment. Time spent together going to or from daycare provides an opportunity to observe what attracts toddlers’ attention: Is it ants walking in a row? A large truck? Or perhaps a flock of birds taking wing?