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Im so excited to have my first guest blogger on Stay At Home Educator be Becky from This
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PHONOLOGICALAWARENESSPRESCHOOL
LESSONPLANS

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Sitting down to read a book to my two and a half year old looks nothing like reading a book to
my older child. My 1st grade child will sit and listen to every word I read, even letting me know
if I skip a word (or paragraphahem). My preschooler, on the other hand, will turn the pages
before the first sentence comes out of my mouth. But if I take the time to talk through the
pictures, we have the most delightful conversations. And guess what? Im totally fine with that
because I can use the pictures to model comprehension, even with my two year old.

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Using Picture Books to Model Comprehension


Just recently, we read Big Dog and Little Dog Going for a Walk by Dav Pilkey. These little
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books really are cute. He has a whole series!

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Based on this picture alone, heres what we discussed*:


Why does the woman have a big brush in her hand?
Why do you think the woman is giving the dogs a bath?

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Do you think big dog likes the bath? Why not?

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How do you think the woman feels about giving the dogs a bath?
Why is the womans dress so muddy?
What is going to happen next?
*Note: Our discussion wasnt a series of questions from me and answers from my preschooler.
It was more a dialogue about these topics on each page, by looking at the pictures alone.
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Using Magazine Photos to Model Comprehension


Looking at pictures isnt limited to picture books at home. You can do this anywhere with all
kinds of texts. Waiting at the doctors office? Find a magazine lying on a nearby table and go for
it!
For example:
WHYTEACHTHEABCS

THEBIGFOUROFPRESCHOOL
{PHOT OCREDIT }

Who do you think these girls are? Do they know each other? Friends? Sisters? Cousins?

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How do you think they feel about each other?


What are they doing?
What do you think they are saying to each other?
Who do you think is the oldest girl?
What do you think they are fighting about? What happened before they started arguing?
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What do you think will happen next?

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{PHOT OCREDIT }

Who are the people in the picture?

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What happened before the picture was taken?

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Why do you think they gave the dog a bath?

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How do you think the people feel?


Why are their eyes closed?
Where do you think the mom and boy are? At home? At the grocery store, etc.?
What time of year do you think that it is?
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What do you think will happen next?

Using Wordless Books to Model Comprehension


I love using wordless picture books with preschoolers because they can let their imaginations
fly, paving the way for some great discussions (and comprehension)!

Wordless Book Title Suggestions:


Trainstop< /em> by Barbara Lehman
Truck by Donald Crews
The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

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Do You Want to be My Friend? by Eric Carle

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Tuesday by David Wiesner

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Chalk by Bill Thomson


Changes, Changes by Pat Hutchins
Rosies Walk by Pat Hutchins (partially wordless)
Good Night, Gorilla (partially wordless)
The exciting part about talking through pictures with your preschooler is that you are laying a
solid foundation for helping her comprehend text on her own as she grows as a reader. Your
child gets to experience firsthand that books are meant to be enjoyed and understood. Youre
also teaching some very important comprehension strategies, such as
1. Inferring: setting (when and where), inferring emotions, situations (What happened before

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this picture?)

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2. Making Connections: How would you feel if that happened to you? What would you do in
this situation? (text-to-self connections work best for preschoolers)

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3. Predicting: What do you think will happen next? What makes you think that?
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4. Visualizing: Make pictures and talk about the pictures in your head as you make
connections, infer, and predict.
5. Asking Questions: I wonder why? or other questions like this are used by good readers

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There is a beautiful picture book by John S. Goodall called An Edwardian


Christmas. It has no words and so is ideal for using pictures for discussion. The
pictures are sufficiently well done to make the book satisfying for mothers and
older children. Worth looking out for at this time of year.
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Great post, thanks for such important info that is many times forgotten.
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