So let me tell you what reading to my children has done since they were babies. Sitting down with your child and reading out loud for 10-15 minutes everyday can make a HUGE difference. I have been reading to my children since they were babies. My husband and I have a routine with them,that is to read to them every night before they go to bed. It has been amazing seeing my 2 year old son point out to the things I ask him for example: “Where is the Sun”? Just by reading to him and asking him questions he is able to comprehend the book and learn . Where as my 4 year old daughter uses her imagination when she is looking at books. Even though she does not read yet, its fascinating how she remembers a book just by us reading it a few times and then she mimics it. We switch the books we read to our children every few days because repetition can become memorization.
Reading to your child is very BENEFICIAL. Reading opens doors virtually to all knowledge! Helping your child to love reading is one of the most important things you can do as a parent – and it will be worth your time and energy.
Get Your Child Hooked On Reading:
- You can use different voices for characters in the book, which makes the reading fun.
- Buy touch and feel books where your child can relate to the book.
- Pop-up books are great ways for children to see the image or characters in the books and understand them.
- Rhyming books help children here the tune and recognize the words
- Where is……….? (Look and find book) is great for your child to point and find objects and characters.
- Visit the Library often so your child can pick out a book for you to read.
- Buy sing a long books, children love to sing and dance…..
- Use Puppets or stuffed animals to tell a story
- Read a book that has movement involved such as an airplane, car, bike and act the movement which builds great fine motor skills.
So there you go, a few ways to get your child interested in reading in a nutshell. I have seen a tremendous, I mean A TREMENDOUS difference in my children’s learning abilities and how much they understand from just reading to them and its very simple!
A video of my daughter at 2 using her imagination and reading
The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle
Here’s a list of some of my kids favorite books:
- Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
- The Sleepy Little Alphabet: A Bedtime Story from Alphabet Town by Judy Sierra
- Baby Einstein: I See Me!: A Mirror Board Book by Nadeem Zaidi
- Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
- If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Lauren Numeroff
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
- The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle
- Baby Beluga by Ashley Wolff
- Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
* Please Recommend any of your favorite books you read to your children, would love to hear about them!