ABC’s of Reading to and With Your Child
Reading is so important for your child even at an early age. It’s never too early to start reading together. Storytime is a vital part of early childhood education. When you start reading at an early age it builds the love of reading. Read to your infant and let them hear your voice. In the beginning, reading starts out as the child just hearing your voice. Daily reading helps teach fluency and helps build language. Reading is a wonderful way to bond with your child. Here is a poem of the ABC’s of Reading to and With your Child. This poem gives 26 fabulous tips to remember when reading with your child.
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The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends reading to your child starting at birth. Studies show the importance of reading at an early age. Early development lays the foundation for future learning. When reading regularly to young children it helps stimulate brain development. Reading out loud to young children will expose them to rich language and encourages them to learn early literacy skills. It’s been proven that reading to children at early stages improves language once they enter school age.
Even my little one at 1 years old will go get books and give them to us to read. They may not be listening to the story yet, but that’s ok. Take their hand to point to the pages as you discuss the pictures. You don’t always have to read the whole book. Turning the pages, looking and discussing the pictures are the beginning steps to introduce reading. Repetition, Repetition, Repetition. Repetition is how children learn. If your child has a favorite book and wants that every night, that’s ok. With repetition, children learn the language of the story and know what will happen next. When a child knows what to expect in a story they can help make the sounds or say what’s coming next. Children then can be a part of the story and have more fun with that book.
As your child gets older it’s great when they want to read to you. One of our bedtime favorites is Goodnight Moon. When I put my older son to bed now he tells me he wants to read to me. Let your children choose the books. Even before they can read you can give them a choice of two books. When children choose their own books to read for pleasure, they enjoy reading more and spend more time doing it. Reading then becomes enjoyable and not a task. Even if your child says they don’t like to read you just have to find the book that is “just right” for your child. Reading is always beneficial.
Reading is always beneficial.
Remember your public library. The library is a great resource. When children are tired of certain books you can go get new ones. We like to have some books for each season or holiday. As you change your house decor seasonally you can change your books out seasonally too. Children get excited to read books about different times of the year. By rotating books, children don’t get tired of them so easily.
Currently, my 6-year-old son loves Mo Willems books. He writes Pigeon Books and Piggie and Elephant books. These books are great when they are starting to read. Each book has 1 sentence or phrase on each page. These series of books are very popular in Kindergarten and First Grade. Pigeon Books.
Attached is a poem of things to remember when reading to your child. It’s the ABC’s of Reading to and with your Child. I used to give this poem out to parents at back to school night and Parent Teacher Conferences. I found this poem in The Mailbox magazine many years ago. Look at everything this poem says. It has great tips for reading with your child. You want it to be an enjoyable experience and have them interact. Encourage your child to react to the story, relate personal experiences to characters, join in with sound effects and complete sentences.
One of my favorite parts of the poem is letter L. It states “Learn to read with-not just to- your child daily. Read aloud, share ideas, and answer questions.” Talk with your children about what is happening in the story. Ask them how the story made them feel and why? What part’s of the story did they like or dislike? Which picture was their favorite? Model reading so your children see that you value it. Use books to build experiences, bond together and escape the day to enter a new world. ENJOY!!
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