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IEL Tip Sheet

Title: The Gift of Words: Reading and Games
Languages: English
Spanish Version: El don de la palabra. La lectura y los juegos
Polish Version: Dar Mowy: Czytanie i gra w słówka
Chinese Version: 词的奖励:阅读和游戏
Korean Version: 단어라는 선물: 읽기와 게임
Russian Version: Дар речи: чтение и развивающие игры
Source of Publisher: Illinois Early Learning Project
Length of article: Short
Setting for which the article is intended: Home
Intended Audience: Parents/Family
Keywords: Early Literacy
Family Activities
Language Arts
Reading Skills
Reading to Children
Social Communication
Age Levels:
(the age of the children to whom the article applies).
Infants and Toddlers (Birth To Age 3)
Preschoolers (Age 3 Through Age 5)
Learning Areas: LANGUAGE ARTS
Goals: 1. Demonstrate increasing competence in oral communication (listening and speaking).
2. Demonstrate understanding and enjoyment of literature.
4. Demonstrate increasing awareness of and competence in emergent reading skills and abilities.
Learning Standards: 1.A. Demonstrate understanding through age-appropriate responses.
1.B. Communicate effectively using language appropriate to the situation and audience.
2.A. Demonstrate interest in stories and books.
2.B. Recognize key ideas and details in stories.
4.A. Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print.
Benchmarks: 1.A.ECb. Respond appropriately to questions from others.
1.B.ECa. Use language for a variety of purposes.
2.A.ECa. Engage in book-sharing experiences with purpose and understanding.
2.A.ECb. Look at books independently, pretending to read.
2.B.ECa. With teacher assistance, ask and answer questions about books read aloud.
4.A.ECb. Begin to follow words from left to right, top to bottom, and page by page.
4.A.ECc. Recognize the one-to-one relationship between spoken and written words.
Domains: Self-Regulation: Foundation of Development
Developmental Domain 2: Physical Development & Health
Developmental Domain 3: Language Development, Communication, & Literacy
Developmental Domain 4: Cognitive Development
Approaches to Learning
Subdomain: Concept Development
Curiosity & Initiative
Social Communication
Attention Regulation
Early Literacy