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School Readiness

O-12 Months##

Gabby—4 months

Watch Mark and Gabby looking at a book together.  See how Gabby shows she is interested in this book.  



To Think About:

  • What did you see Gabby doing?
  • How did Mark read and respond to Gabby’s actions and sounds?
  • What might Gabby be learning about books and reading as Mark reads aloud? 


What the Experts Say About This Interaction

What Gabby does:

  • Moves her arms and legs excitedly to show her excitement

  • Uses lots of sounds to participate in the reading experience

  • Responds to her father when he asks her a question

  • Pays very close attention to Mark reading the book.


What Mark does:

  • Pauses as he reads to give Gabby a chance to respond with her own sounds. This lets her know her communications are important. It also teaches her about the back-and-forth of conversation.

  • Points to and names pictures in the book which helps Gabby begin to understand that words are labels for objects.

  • Makes the book reading experience enjoyable—building Gabby’s love of books.


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