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Other Fundamental Themes of Regard:

Love of reading and learning; regard for diversity of people, their roles, culture, and environment; promotion of self-esteem and confidence, appreciation of art and aesthetics. Each series of books should contain certain characteristics specific to their age appropriateness including:

Year 1

Vision - bright, big, colorful
Touch - board pages
Rhyme and rhythm
Simple - easy to use
Minimal text - point and say
Playful sound
Nurture - attachment- lullaby themes

Year 2

Continue concepts from year one and build upon them
Repetition and predictability - generate language
Motor skills
“Self-help” activities - things children can do, things familiar in their daily life
Use of real photo illustration
Body awareness
Nursery rhymes
Colors, letters, numbers

Year 3

Wordless books - build your own story (reader and child)
Values and character
Issues - fear, conflict, love, safety
Colors, letters, numbers
Nursery rhymes

Year 4

More complex stories - hero, complication, resolution
Diversity of others - faces, environment - OK to be different
Play, humor, fun
Nursery rhymes and poetry

Year 5

School preparation and readiness
Use rebus (pictures used for words)
Science - non-fiction
Folk tales
Thank you, appreciation
Rhymes and poetry