| Feb 13, 2019
By Tetyana V. Varenychenko | Project Leader
Dear Parents, Supporters and our Donors!
We appreciate your help and generosity. Thank You for supporting our project.
We continue to enjoy our social skills activities by learning and teaching how to play cooperatively with toys, peers and adults. Nicholas has difficulty communicating verbally. Using assistive technology and visual helpers, he points to a picture of what he wants to do next at classroom. We friendly remind our parents how important for all children to participate in family activities: looking at books together, pointing to named pictures with mom's support, listening music together, singing a song together, playing with playdough together by looking at mom's face.
Shared reading is one important way to become aware of the rules about printed material. Reading together with children improves their understanding of oral language. Alexander has a difficulty to follow oral directions during a story time, and we let him to pick up his favorite book Panda Bear, Panda Bear and let him to be a leader, choosing which book he wants to read.
Alexis likes to look at books together, and she enjoys her turning pages activity. Her skipping pages is just step to explore and learn something new. Reading every page with a toddler is not necessary. Every reading experience counts in child's brain. Holding the book, turning the pages, looking at pictures, pointing to named animals, and smiling by touching the textured pictures will help every child to play cooperatively.