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As a child care provider, how can I help parents choose books that are devlopmentally appropriate for their child?

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Asked by PeytonsMomma27 at 3:10 PM on Nov. 20, 2008 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • Give then a list of favorites, let them know what you are reading. These are both things our pre school did.

    Answer by perksmom at 3:29 PM on Nov. 20, 2008

  • Join scholastic and send home book orders. This is a great way for you to get books and they have very reasonable prices for the parents. I also do an activity every week focused on a book and I write the name of the book on the back of the projects.


    Answer by Sonshiner at 5:14 PM on Nov. 20, 2008

  • As you know each child develops differntly, I would suggest telling the parents to start off with simple books like word books so the child can see the word by the pic and relate them togather, then go to simple phrases like Bug House, by Dr. Seuss. Then step it up to full sentences and etc.. But don't overload them with different levels at one time wait untill they have it down, then move on. Most important is don't rush!

    Answer by Mica30 at 6:32 PM on Nov. 20, 2008

  • Have a printed list of suggested books for that age group and give it to the parents. Update that list every so often. Or have a book of the week for each age. For each age group a book and its summary is printed out each week or each month to give to each parent. Have a list of local places that have reading times or events and give those to parents as well. You can also feature special reading events where you invite a parent to come in one morning and read their child's favorite book to the other kids. And of course have books that are age appropriate displayed. You can highlight a particular book for each age group once a week. There is also a free program for children from 0 - 5 where Dolly Parton's foundation mails a child a book each month. You can look on line for how to sign up parents. My son is signed up for this program.

    Answer by frogdawg at 9:25 PM on Nov. 20, 2008

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