The 1000 Useful Words book can be used with children who have not yet learned to read and with beginner readers.
Each picture-packed page is fun to read together,
and a great way to help children’s language
and literacy skills.
Most of this book is made up of picture-and-word pages filled with nouns, plus some verbs and adjectives. These pages help broaden
your child’s vocabulary and knowledge.
There are also five simple stories to read that introduce more useful words, put words into context, and help sentence writing and story writing skills.
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How to help your child get the most out of this book:
All the pages in this book offer lots of opportunities for talking and learning. Enjoy exploring and talking about them together. Point out things your child likes. For instance, you could say, “Look, there’s a tiger! Can you roar like a tiger?” or “Which fruit do you like?”
Go at your child’s pace. Let her take the lead and turn the pages. Stop if she is tired, and return to the book another time.
For children who are not yet reading Point to the pictures as you read the words and sentences to help them identify things, and to show how the pictures and words are connected.
For children who are beginning to read As they read, or as you read together, point to the words, or encourage them to point, to help their letter and word recognition.
Following the storiesPre-readers and beginner readers can follow the stories by running a finger along the dotted lines. This helps their fine motor skills, too.
“Can you find?” games and simple questions?
There are “Can you find?” games and simple questions on the picture-and-word pages that encourage learning. Your child may need help with these, or he may like you to join in and answer with him.
Most importantly, follow your child’s interests, talk about things you know he enjoys, give lots of praise as he answers the questions, and have fun!