From birth, you can begin to read to your child. If you're not actually reading, just talking to your infant regularly is important so they can begin hearing patterns of speech. Things like narrating what you are doing is a good way to get a headstart with your child’s language skills. Language comprehension is what will help your child learn to speak and eventually, to read.
Here are some book suggestions for newborns, toddlers, and more.
At 6 months, when your child is learning to sit up and grasp objects, you can begin to provide board books for your child to look at. Your child will enjoy learning how to turn the pages and view the images.
Early reading begins when parents point to a picture and say what it is. For example, pointing to a dog on the page and saying the word, "dog."
When children begin speaking, keep in mind that they understand more words than they can say. This is a good time for stories with a beginning, middle, and end.
This is a very important age to read to your child because this is when children will bring you books and ask you to read them. We know how difficult it can be to stop what you're doing and read, however, we would encourage you to take the time whenever possible to support their love of reading.
By the age of three, your child will already have developed reading skills and may already have some favorite books. It is time to encourage some good reading habits.
Here are some ways you can support the love of reading in your toddler.
Reading with your child is a gift that will enhance their entire life. That's not just because you're helping your child develop reading comprehension. You're also nurturing a deep love of reading. If you struggle and need help, connect with us!