## How to Use the Book One! Two! Three! This Book 's for Me! for Early Learning

One! Two! Three! This Book 's for Me! is designed to teach your child a whole host of important skills. Here are some suggestions to make the book most effective.

### For ages 2-3, use the book to teach the numbers, counting, colors and letters:

Numbers and counting:
(1) Ask your child to count the objects in the picture to verify a count. For example, ask him or her how many candles are there on Karen Conrad's cake for the picture corresponding to the number 8.
(2) Have your child read the numeral below a number, e.g., the "5" below "FIVE."
(3) By looking at the numbers on the first page of the Glossary, have your child count from 1 to 10.

Colors:
(1) Have your child tell you the colors of words that are in color.
(2) By looking at the last column of the last page of the Glossary, have your child identify as many colors as possible.
(3) Ask your child to find an image in a picture of a certain color.

Letters:
(1) Ask you child to read the letters on the doors for the picture for the number 4.
(2) Have your child recite the alphabet using the Glossary as a guide.
(3) Ask your child to tell you the first consonants of certain words and then give the phonetic pronunciation as future preparation for phonetic reading. Select the words from the text or the Glossary.

Other:
(1) Show your child two pictures that have a common element (such as a red fence) and ask him or she to find something that is in both pictures.
(2) Ask your child to count the number of M's on the page for the number 8. Pronounce "MMMMMMMM" and teach your child the sound of "M." Discuss the sound "MOO" on the page for number 2.
(4) Discuss various aspects of or play "I spy" with a picture. Ask your child to find a particular image in a picture. For example, for the picture for the number 9, ask him or her to find the porcupine.
(5) Ask your child to say the sounds that a cow, an owl and a chicken make in reference to the pages for the numbers 2, 3 and 10.
(6) Have your child find all the images of Farmer Phillip in the book.
(7) Perspective: Ask your child why Farmer Phillip's hand seems so big in the picture for the number 5.

### For ages 4-5, use the book to teach reading:

(2) Show your child the word "IS" in the book and ask him or her to spell it. Then tell your child, "I am going to play a pretend game. I am unable to read the word 'IS.' Each time I come to this word, I will not be able to continue unless you read the word. Please help me by saying 'IS' each time I come to it." If your child is unable to do the exercise with "IS", then try doing it with the word "A." If your child succeeds in doing the exercise, then go on to the words "THE," "OF," and "ON."
(3) Ask your child to read the second line of each page, while you read the rest of the text. If you child can do this, then have him or her read the first two lines of each page.
(4) If you have repeatedly read the book to your son or daughter, he or she might be able to say the parenthetical phrases at the bottom of each page. Have him or her read those parts. To help your child, emphasize the corresponding rhyming words of the text. For example, for the text for the number 3, say the words "THREE," "TREE," "EE-EE," and "SEE" more strongly. This will help trigger the phase "This book 's for me" in your child's memory.
(5) Teach your child the word corresponding to the images in the Glossary. Tell your child to look at an image and say the word above it.
(6) Read the book to your child but have him or her say the words for which an image (a picto-wordTM) or hint exists beneath a word.
(7) Ask your child if he or she can tell whether two words rhyme. For example, for the page corresponding to the number 3, ask him or her if "TREE" and "SEE" rhyme. Ask your child to say two words that rhyme.
(8) Have your child read the entire book. If he or she can do this, then cover up the picto-wordsTM with a sheet of paper or with your finger, and have him or her read the text without the assistance of picto-wordsTM. Help your son or daughter if need be.