Joint attention or shared attention is the shared focus of two individuals on an object. It is achieved when one individual alerts another to an object by means of eye-gazing, pointing or other verbal or non-verbal indications. Joint attention – parents’ and children’s coordinated attention to each other and to a third object or event – is claimed by many researchers to play a critical role in early word learning. Here are some fun activities you can engage in with your child to encourage joint attention.
This file will include poems throughout the year. Please read aloud to your child so he/she will become familiar with the steady beat, the rhyming sentence, be able to identify rhyming and non-rhyming words.
by Winifred C. Marshall
School bells are ringing, loud and clear;
Vacation's over, school is here.
We hunt our pencils and our books,
And say goodbye to fields and brooks.
To carefree days of sunny hours,
To birds and butterflies and flowers.
But we are glad school has begun,
For work is always mixed with fun.
When autumn comes and the weather is cool,
Nothing can take the place of school.
by: Marian Stearns Curry
Oh, I am so excited, for
September's come again;
I'm always glad, no matter how
Much fun the summer's been.
My books are new, my pencils too;
My lunch is in my box.
It's such a lark to join my friends
And go to school in flocks.
My hair is combed, my face is clean;
Just hear that school bell ring!
Vacation's gone, but I don't care.
I'm happy as anything.
Recent research into the development and acquisition of early literacy skills has conclusively shown that rhythm and rhyme play a hugely important role.