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Read-Aloud Basics - Six Baby Read-Aloud Stages from Birth to Two
Stage Months Language and Physical Characteristics
of Baby
Types of Books to Read
The Listener
0-2
Months
• Is more responsive to
rhymes and stories heard before birth.
• Recognizes mother's
voice and prefers it to other adult voices.
• Books with nursery rhymes
• Books/rhymes read before
birth
• Anything for the purpose of
baby hearing your comforting voice
The Observer
2-4
Months
For more information on the six stages, see Introduction to Part II before Chapter 3.
The Cooer
4-8
Months
For more information on the six stages, see Introduction to Part II before Chapter 3.
The Babbler
8-12
Months
For more information on the six stages, see Introduction to Part II before Chapter 3.
The Word Maker
12-18
Months
For more information on the six stages, see Introduction to Part II before Chapter 3.
The Phrase Maker
18-24
Months
For more information on the six stages, see Introduction to Part II before Chapter 3.
We Recommend Baby Books for Each of 6 Stages:
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*All of our language and physical characteristics were taken from these authors: William Sears, M.D. and Martha Sears, R.N. The Baby Book (New York:Little, Brown and Co., 1993); Marian Diamond and Janet Hopson, Magic Trees of the Mind (New York:Penguin Putmam Inc., 2000); Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Ph.D. and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Ph.D., How Babies Talk (New York:Penguin Books Ltd., 2000); William Staso, Neural Foundations, What Stimulations Your Baby Needs to Become Smart (Santa Maria, California: Great Beginnings Press, 1995); William Staso, Brain Under Construction, Experiences That Promote the Intellectual Capabilities of Young Toddlers (Orcutt, California: Great Beginnings Press, 1997).
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