As your child grows older, understanding the different ways language can be presented will help them to make decisions on how to organise or record their thinking.
By reading stories, books and newspapers, children experience that the picture, image or design gives greater meaning to the words on the page. Usually the image will connect to those words and lead the reader to the next part of the story. The image helps the reader to understand how they should feel during the story. The colours that are used or the facial expressions shown might be there to help create a happy feeling or a sad tone.
Looking through the newspaper with your child helps them to see the difference between fiction and non-fiction and the different ways information is organised. As you flip through the paper your child will see that the pages are numbered and titled. This helps readers to know where to find information. Using the index at the front of the paper shows your child that they do not need to look at every page to find specific information.