Children’s minds are like sponges. They soak up information quickly and easier than we think, often surprisingly so. For example, a toddler who has a parent read to him every night may be able to repeat the story word for word without being able to physically read it. It is an amazing thing to watch. It is ideal for parents to read to their children because it encourages them to want to learn to read. It is also an opportunity for parents to prevent children from having the television be their only source of learning. You will open your child’s imagination and improve their confidence – as well as their grasp on language.
Reading helps parents in the bonding process. Parent and child will get to know each other. The baby, in this case, will be able to easily identify the voice of his or her parent. Language development proves to be effective and your child will learn how to listen, skills that some adults unfortunately did not develop – perhaps this is why.
For toddlers, it is best to get books that they can identify with – books that are colourful, have a lot of pictures and possibly audio. Cloth and vinyl books are appropriate for your baby. It adds a tinge of exploration for them, cloth books are great for your infant’s tactile sense.
When you read to your child at an early age, it helps them to be able to form words. Your infant especially will watch your mouth as you pronounce the words in the book. It is found that infants who have parents read to them will begin to read at an earlier age than others, and this can provide an advantage over their peers for years to come.
Find books to read that are simple in nature and tell an uncomplicated story about an object, or more importantly, about a person. Your infant will love the quality time that you spend in reading to him or her, it is a pleasurable time to cuddle together. The attention shown will help the child know that he or she is important and loved. Infants respond better with sounds and touch – look for books with lullabies and rhymes. Sing to your infant even if you feel a little silly. Directly speaking to your baby in song or other ways will connect you and assist with the baby’s growth and development, and can help develop their own sense of melody and harmony.
If you sing to your baby, you introduce the baby to speech patterns and build confidence in being able to identify the voice of their parents, and even what different tones represent. Allow your infant to turn the pages of the book while reading to the infant, they will feel more involved. Let your fingers do the pointing – when reading, point to the area that you are reading from so that the infant learns that reading is from the left to the right. As you read, hold the infant’s attention by identifying pictures and objects and saying the names out aloud. Repeat the names of the object as much as possible. Before long, the infant will be reciting the same words.
Be consistent with reading to your baby and try to begin reading to your infant as early as possible. A lot of parents think that a baby is too under-developed or too young for this, but this not true. A baby loves to listen to the voices especially the voice of a mother or father. You can talk and sing to your baby during bath time. They will begin to understand conversations and the household language.
Don’t read aloud in a monologue, and stop if your child asks questions and answer the questions. Let the conversation flow and encourage the child to respond to what you are reading. You only need a few minutes out of your schedule to read to your baby since a baby’s attention span is not as long as a toddler is.
During the daytime, most toddlers are busy getting into everything that they should not be getting into. A toddler is usually moving around during the days and may not sit down long enough to have the parent read a book to them. Therefore, bedtime is the ideal time to read to your toddler. It is a time to get your toddler to relax and calm down from the activities of the day. Toddlers prefer books that are smaller so that they can hold it and pretend to read themselves.
Have you ever thought of reading to your toddler while they are taking a bath? You can also read to your toddler while they are having a meal. As long as you can get their attention, reading is essential to their daily life.
Children are smart. They have an innate skill to increase in knowledge as long as they are nurtured. You owe it to your child to take time out of your busy schedule each day to read to him or her.