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- Children are attracted to books at a very early age. To begin with they love the colors and the shapes. As their eyes focus they love to see bold contrasts such as black and white, red and blue, etc. Each child is different, but as soon as a child starts to show interest in a book and the oral gratification of "biting and gumming" the book to death has past...LOL!...it is time to show them how precious a book is and this is how we begin with turning pages:
- A simple book with just a few pages
Preparation (Activities that your child should have already been working on):
- Three Finger Grasping Activities (eyedropper, spooning, tweezers, clothes pins, etc.)
- Whole Hand Activities (dry and wet pouring, sweeping, folding, cutting, etc.)
- The object of this activity is to learn how to turn pages of a book.
- Do not read the book during this presentation.
- Carry a book to a table using a 2-hand grasp like in carrying a tray.
- Place your left hand palm-side down on the lower left hand side of the book.
- Grasp the upper right hand corner of the book cover with the thumb, index, and middle fingers of your right hand.
- Open the cover of the book by gently sliding fingers down the right hand edge of cover.
- Turn the book open and smooth back with open palm of right hand.
- Turn the next page in the same way.
- Continue until all pages have been turned and smoothed.
- Using your left hand, close the cover of the book while using the right hand to steady.
- Return the book to the shelf (2-hand grasp).
Control of Error would be:
- Ripping a page
- Dropping the book on the ground
- The sound that slamming the book shut makes