Reading is all around us

The written word is all around us. We don’t only read books – we read shop names, road signs, shopping lists, advertisements, birthday cards…. All are a chance to show your child how reading works.

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reading activity

If you think your child may be ready for a real reading activity, try this: choose a word which appears several times (such as a name) show it to your child and tell him what it says: can your child find the same word again?

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repetitive reading tip

Read favorite stories and sing favorite songs over and over again.

Repeated fun with books will strengthen language development and positive feelings about reading.

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Enjoying the reading experience

When you hold your baby close and look at a book together, your baby will enjoy the snuggling and hearing your voice as well as the story.

Feeling safe and secure with you while looking at a book builds your baby’s confidence and love of reading.

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ryming

Emphasize rhythms and rhymes in stories. Give your toddler opportunities to repeat rhyming phrases. source

Routine reading

Make reading part of children’s routines. Always include a story at Circle Time, or close each home visiting session with a book. source

Exploring books

If tot grabs the book from you to explore it on his own, let him-just hold him on your lap and cuddle with him as he looks. source

Active Reading

Engage your child so he will actively listen to a story. Discuss what’s happening & answer questions. Source

Again and Again

Read stories again and again. Your toddlers enjoy repetition Source

Snuggle up to read

Snuggle with your child with her favorite blanket or toys as you read. Source

Reading & writing

Draw attention hoe writing works. In books point out how we read from left to right and how words are separated Source

Reading in spurts

Toddlers have shorter attention spans than babies. Look for text that is short & simple. Read a little, several times a day. Source

Rhythms and Rhymes

Emphasize rhythms and rhymes in stories. Give your toddler opportunities to repeat rhyming phrases. Source

Repetition

Parents get frustrated when child wants a book read 3X in a row, but this is an essential part of how tots process information. more info

Choosing Books

Choose engaging books. Books featuring animals or machines invite movement and making sounds. more info

When to read

Reading with a very young child is primarily about building positive experiences with books, not finishing every book you start. more info

Choosing the right books

Choose books about everyday experiences. Your child will identify with the characters as they dress, eat, visit, nap, & play. more info

Attention Span

Toddlers have shorter attention spans than babies. Look for text that is short & simple. Read a little, several times a day.

Reading with toddlers

Try stories at different times of day. Reading w/tots is about building positive experiences with books-not finishing every book.

Sitting for books

Don’t expect toddler to sit still for a book. Toddlers need to move, don’t worry if they act out stories, skip, or romp