The Kissing Hand book cover Each module begins with reading and discussing the story. As the days go on, the children take a larger and larger role in the reading — they can retell parts of the story, identify key characters and actions from the illustrations, remember and call out key phrases and words, and discuss the story's vocabulary, feelings, and events.

Rereading the story each day over the course of the module gives children repeated exposure to the story, an important component in developing emergent literacy skills.

As explained in the Teacher's Guide, when you read the story each day, you should:

  1. Observe the children's understanding of vocabulary
  2. Take into consideration how relevant the story is to each child depending on cultural differences and story-reading experiences at home
  3. Determine how individual children best construct new understandings through different types of mediation and scaffolding
  4. Model conventional reading (.e.g, directionality, tracking, voice modulation, intonation)
  5. Build concepts about print in relation to word meaning
  6. Demonstrate strategies for understanding the story (e.g., identifying pictures, defining words and concepts, thinking about sequence and story structure, discussing cause and effect, hypothesizing next events)
  7. Respond to the children's attempts to relate to the story, describe pictures, share knowledge, compare, predict, make inferences, evaluate, and "read" or tell the story
  8. Extend the vocabulary, language patterns, and knowledge base of the children
  9. Involve children in the story reading in different ways, depending on their communicative ability