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Print motivation

Print motivation refers to the willingness to engage in literacy practices that involve print such as reading and writing

Child and adult looking at picture book

Learning objectives for children and corresponding strategies for library staff

Birth to 12 months

Literacy learning objectives for children Educator strategies to support children's learning

For children to:

Enjoy looking at pictures and vocalising.

Engage with caregivers by moving to the rhythm of songs and rhymes. 
 

Demonstrate enthusiasm through voice and body language. 

Choose books which are relevant to children’s and their families’ culture and language. 

12 to 24 months

Literacy learning objectives for children Educator strategies to support children's learning

For children to:

Enjoy watching other children and being part of the group. 

Physically respond to patterned language (e.g. finger rhymes). 

Demonstrate your enthusiasm for books and reading.

Choose books that invite children to respond physically (e.g. clapping, stamping, wriggling).  

2 -3 years

Literacy learning objectives for children Educator strategies to support children's learning

For children to:

Be able to identify with characters in books who are like themselves. 

Choose a book to borrow and take home. 

Choose books which are free from gender bias and cultural bias. 

Choose books where pictures give clues to meanings of words, especially for children from diverse backgrounds.

3 -5 years

Literacy learning objectives for children Educator strategies to support children's learning

For children to:

Have the opportunity to talk about their responses to books.

Choose a book in an area of interest to borrow and take home. 

Talk about your own responses to books and make your thinking “visible” (e.g. ‘poor bear’). 

Make the books you read available to children for exploration after the session.

Ideas for storytime

  • Baby sitting on lap of man looking at a book

    Baby Bounce at Campbelltown City Library

    Enthusiasm is contagious, build a sense of fun and occasion at storytime