Encouraging Literacy Through Seek and Find Books
One of the best things about seek and find books is their ability to promote conversation between the parent and child as they read together. Let’s explore how seek and find books along with your guidance can enhance your child’s literacy development!
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A strong vocabulary increases your child’s reading comprehension and improves your child’s writing, speaking, and listening.
Seek and find books are often saturated with objects in a picture, which means they are also saturated with words. Everything in the picture can be verbally labeled. Chances are there is something in the overall scene that is new to your child. There might be a small thimble, Uncle Sam, or a portrait. If you see an object in the scene that you think your child may not know, point it out and label it. Have your child repeat the word and talk about it a little bit to help cement the new word into his or her vocabulary.
Understanding Prepositional Words and Phrases
Prepositions and prepositional phrases are an important part of grammar. Understanding what they are and how they are used will help your child’s writing and editing.
When my child is having trouble finding an object in a seek and find book, I like to give him hints. I purposefully use prepositional words or phrases to help guide him. For example, I may say that I see the object next to a dog, or behind the rubber ducky, or above the tree. Through this exposure he is hearing how prepositions are used in a sentence. Essentially, this is a grammar lesson. As he internalizes what he hears, he is beginning to understand the concept even if he doesn’t know the term, “preposition”. Once he does learn grammar in a more structured way, he has a foundation to build from. And yes, I just ended that sentence with a preposition.
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have” — Maya Angelou
Creativity is the fuel that will help your child generate new ideas, write stories, and become thoughtful thinkers. In seek and find books, you often see things that are not true to reality. For example, in Look! A Book! by Bob Staake (shown below), there is a picture of a cat wearing clown garments. This could be a great starting point for creativity. You could ask your child, “Why do you think the cat is dressed like a clown?” Your child will likely have a creative answer. You can continue the idea by asking more questions about the cat or thinking up a story using the cat as a character. With so many pictures in a scene and imaginative settings, there is an innumerable amount of opportunities for creative thought. Your child will be practicing his or her speaking skills and use of language as they convey these ideas to you!
Need some book suggestions? I got you covered! I found four books created by well-respected authors and illustrators.
Click on the book covers to see them on Amazon.
Yoo-Hoo Ladybug! by Mem Fox
The Find it Book by Margaret Wise Brown
Look! A Book! by Bob Staake
Look! Another Book! by Bob Staake