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Themes & Concepts

Prevalent Themes and Focus

Inspiration & Imagination

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, The world of work
Each series of books should contain certain characteristics specific to its age appropriateness including:
Year One
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 Two
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 Three
Wordless books - build your own story (reader and child)
Values and character
Issues - fear, conflict, love, safety
Colors, letters, numbers
Nursery rhymes
School preparation and readiness
Year Four
More complex stories - hero, complication, resolution
Diversity of others - faces, environment - OK to be different
Play, humor, fun
Nursery rhymes and poetry
Year Five
Use rebus (pictures used for words)
Science - non-fiction
Folk tales
Thank you, appreciation
Rhymes and poetry