One of the fondest memories I have from when my children were little is snuggling with them as we read books together. AND one of the best ways you can help your child learn is by reading to them.
Let’s look at some of the magic that happens when you read to a baby:
- BIG TIME BONDING!
- LANGUAGE LANGUAGE LANGUAGE
- PRINT AWARENESS
- LEARNING HOW BOOKS WORK
- ENHANCING ORAL, VISUAL AUDITORY AND TACTILE SKILLS
- LEARNING ABOUT THE WORLD
Hold them close and feel the connection. Help them associate reading with a loving experience.
AS you read, your baby is hearing how words are pronounced (articulation) and beginning to associate words with meaning. You are helping to build your child’s vocabulary – a crucial skill for learning to read.
CREATING BABY’S LIBRARY
Soft books and board books are wonderful for babies. They can touch and interact with them on their own. These will get messy as babies learn through touch and putting things into their mouths – so make sure they are baby friendly!
Begin building a library that is out of reach until your child is older and knows how to handle books with care. Look for books with large print – few words and great colorful pictures. Books that label pictures are great for associating words with objects and rhyming books are great fun for rhythm of language. Rhyming is an essential skill when learning to read. Nursery rhymes, poetry and children’s classics are great ideas to build your child’s library. BUT don’t wait to read these until they are older…..as long as your child shows an interest – engage them with these books as well.
Don’t forget your local library. They have wonderful story time programs beginning at an early age. AND of course what better for your home library than rotating books from your local library on a regular basis. Best of all…..IT’S FREE!!
READING time with babies will be short and sweet – but do it often and do it with love. By engaging in this simple loving activity you are forging a path to helping your child be a great reader and a lifelong learner.
If you have any questions, leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you.
Have fun with your child! Reading is the magic that opens up the world to them.
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