“It’s time to read”… Parents often invite their children to read as a part of their bedtime routine, a part of their daily routine or just because the professionals said so. But how can parents help their children “stay still”? How will parents enjoy reading time with their children, instill the love of reading, and develop their young children’s language abilities at the same time?
I will be sharing with you below a list of ideas and tips that will help you make reading time an enjoyable time for you and your young children by answering 3 main questions; What type of books to buy for my child? How to make my child love reading time? and how can reading help my child talk?
What type of books to buy for my child?
First, I invite you to designate a specific corner for your child’s books. This can be a book case, a designated book shelf or any place that is accessible for your child.
Babies love being read to. They enjoy touching and feeling things, they love bright colors/pictures. They also enjoy pushing on buttons and hearing sounds and seeing flashing lights. Reading not only helps your child develop his cognitive, language, and motor skills, but also helps you bond with your child! Did you know that babies enjoy listening to their parents reading to them as early as 6 months of gestation. So, start reading to your baby NOW.
When your child gets older and starts to understand simple instructions and familiar words, you can add books with rhyme and rhythms to his library, books of real people in action, books with holes where he can insert his fingers in or books with flaps that he can flip and see what’s hiding behind. Later on, you can add books with themes, books that tell simple stories and has simple repetitive sentences. As he grows, follow his interests and get him books that challenge his abilities and motivate him to read.
Don’t forget to buy or borrow books in all the language that your child knows and is exposed to in his daily life.
How to make my child love reading time?
How can reading help my child talk? What can I do?
When your child starts to love his reading time, this will automatically reflect on his language skills. He will be motivated to make sounds, use gestures, words or build sentences to read or interact with you and/or with the characters of the story. Here are some tips that you can use to make the most out of this reading time: