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Is adding alphabet books to your reading corner a good idea?
First of all, before presenting any type of book, it is important to consider your target audience and its needs. For this reason, I think offering alphabet books in your daycare's reading corner is a good idea. However, I also believe that the approach must be different depending on the ages of the children in your group.
For 2 and 3-year-olds, alphabet books can be interesting for discovering and exploring illustrations or pictures, colors, and graphic curves. At this age, alphabet books can also be used to introduce the concept of similar sounds and the fun challenges associated with pronunciation and phonics.
4 and 5-year-olds will enjoy using alphabet books to make connections with their daily life. For example, they will enjoy recognizing their friend's name in a book. Alphabet books can also represent a fun treasure hunt for this age group. They will love searching for the letters that make up their name and discovering how certain sounds tickle their tongue and lips.
6 and 7-year-olds are beginning to learn to write. They will enjoy writing the words they see in alphabet books and exploring similarities and differences, for example comparing the names of family members with the words in a book (first letter, number of letters, etc.). There are so many ways to explore the letters of the alphabet with children of this age group.
Of course, alphabet books must be presented as fun tools that help children learn about letters. They can represent a great addition to your reading corner since, at the very least, they have the power to show children how much exploring letters and words can be interesting!
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