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.
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.
Emphasize rhythms and rhymes in stories. Give your toddler opportunities to repeat rhyming phrases. source
Make reading part of children’s routines. Always include a story at Circle Time, or close each home visiting session with a book. source
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
Engage your child so he will actively listen to a story. Discuss what’s happening & answer questions. Source
Draw attention hoe writing works. In books point out how we read from left to right and how words are separated Source
Toddlers have shorter attention spans than babies. Look for text that is short & simple. Read a little, several times a day. Source
Emphasize rhythms and rhymes in stories. Give your toddler opportunities to repeat rhyming phrases. Source
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
Choose engaging books. Books featuring animals or machines invite movement and making sounds. more info
Reading with a very young child is primarily about building positive experiences with books, not finishing every book you start. more info
Choose books about everyday experiences. Your child will identify with the characters as they dress, eat, visit, nap, & play. more info
Toddlers have shorter attention spans than babies. Look for text that is short & simple. Read a little, several times a day.
Try stories at different times of day. Reading w/tots is about building positive experiences with books-not finishing every book.
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
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