Little children love books… so take advantage of their natural interest and get them into the habit of reading . Here’s a quick guide to getting them started.
Reading aloud is also an important way to help children make the transition from babyhood to toddlerhood.
Experts recommend reading to toddlers as often as possible, striving for at least one scheduled reading time each day. Choosing regular times to read (especially before naps and bedtime) helps kids learn to sit with a book and relax. But you can read anytime your child seems in the mood.
Studies show that kids with active exposure to language have social and educational advantages over their peers — and reading is one of the best exposures to language
Remember that reading to your child is just one way to encourage emergent literacy. You can also:
Don’t forget to provide paper and crayons so your child can practice writing too!
Toddlers from 24 to 36 months are beginning to be able to turn paper pages, so this is a good time to expand beyond board books. They’re also beginning to understand the mechanics of reading and like books that are repetitive and easy to memorize so that they can “read” along.
By now you will start to know what your child’s interests are — whether trains, trucks, or stuffed bears, find books about these things of interest. Kids this age also like books about children, families, and animals.
Toddlers love to look at homemade books, scrapbooks, or photo albums full of people they know (try adding simple captions). Poetry and songbooks are good choices for this age group too. You may find that story time turns into sing-along time
You don’t need games, flashcards, or special instruction for a toddler gain these skills. Just reading to your child as often as possible is the best way to help him or her learn to read independently.
I am a preschool and primary school teacher and mum to 3 children. I have been involved in education since 1997 and have trained in a variety of educational specialist areas. It is with this expertise that I write articles to help parents and educators provide quality learning experiences for the children in their care.