Has your child found a favorite book that you feel like you are reading over and over again? Keep reading! There is value to be found even in repeated sharing of a book– exposure to familiar words helps to build vocabulary.
Notes from Story Time Category: Reading
It’s easy to make reading with your child a positive and enjoyable experience; just follow your child’s lead! While it’s a good idea to add reading together as part of a daily routine, remember that it’s always okay to put a book down and come back to it later if your child does not seem to enjoy reading at that moment.
By reading Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do with your child and pointing to some of the key words and pictures, you can demonstrate how the pictures correlate with the words. The final page asks a question which will generate dialogue with children.
Having your baby act out parts of a book is a good way to keep him/her engaged in reading. Have your baby flap their arms as they pretend to be a bird or wiggle like a snake as you read aloud Flip, Flap, Fly by Phyllis Root.
Reading rhyming books, such as Where’s Pup?, helps kids improve their oral language skills, which help them become readers. Rhyming is a fun and easy thing to incorporate into your day.
Use stuffed animals or puppets to sing songs, read stories, or talk to your baby. Even siblings can help with this fun activity! No puppets at home? Ask about our collection of puppets that can be checked out!
Reading books is a great way to introduce your child to new vocabulary words. It is okay to stop the story to talk about what the words mean. While reading Machines at Work, talk to your child about different kinds of trucks.
Reading and writing go together. Writing helps children learn that letters and words stand for sounds and that print has meaning. One simple way you can show this to children is to occasionally point to the words as you read to them. Take opportunities to write down what children say as they tell it to you. Then you can read it back to them. This activity helps children can learn the connection between the written and the spoken word. It is also very motivating for them to tell their own stories.
Remember, playing, talking, singing, reading, and writing are five simple practices to help your child on the path to reading. After reading aloud Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert, talk about the colors of the rainbow. Then ask your child to draw a rainbow. Learning how to hold a crayon correctly is one of the first steps in learning how to write. Afterwards, encourage your child to plant a make-believe garden full of the flowers found in the book.