I’ve noticed my daughter making some loud noises when she’s been flipping through the pages of her board books lately. At first I wasn’t sure what it was. However, on our way home from dinner this evening I sat in the back seat of the car with her. Now I’m pretty sure of what’s going on.
As she flips through the pages of familiar board books, she’s making sounds. The sounds she’s making are not words. They do not match the cadence of the text. However, I believe the sounds she’s making are imitations. Not only does she know that books go from left to right, but she’s now proven that she knows that someone (i.e., me, my husband, or another adult) reads them aloud to her. I believe she understands the connection between print and speech. As for the sounds she’s making, which kind of remind me of the teacher on the “Peanuts,” I think she’s imitating someone reading a book aloud.
Once I realized what she was doing, I grabbed my iPhone and hit record. I captured her reading *most* of the book aloud to herself int he back of the car. (I didn’t catch the final two pages since I didn’t want the video to be too long.) Here she is as she reads aloud to Spot Loves Sports: