Hoping to instill a love of reading in your busy and curious toddler? I’ve got you covered. Here is a great resource for parents, a breakdown of useful reading tips and books for toddlers. You are guaranteed to have a home where reading comes alive!
READING TIPS FOR PARENTS
First off, repeat after me…books know no gender! So don’t only read princess books to your little princess or truck books to your messy little man. Switch it up and keep things interesting so that your little reader is actively engaged.
Make your reading come ALIVE! Just because you’re an adult doesn’t mean that you are too mature or serious to use elephant voices and shout with excitement. The more excited you get about reading, the most excited your tot will be.
Have an antsy little one who doesn’t like to sit still for an entire book? That’s okay! He or she is still listening and learning while walking around, building blocks, etc.
Take trips to the library as often as possible. By introducing them to the “palace of books” as my boys like to call it, they will become more familiar with books and start to find beloved characters and stories.
Don’t do all the work yourself. When you are reading to your little one, especially when reading a book with strong rhymes, have them repeat with you or even play “fill in the blank” with key words after reading the story a few different times.
Ask questions while reading. Depending on your child’s age and how familiar he/she is with the story, you want to aid their comprehension by asking them to point to certain objects on the page, ask what they think will come next, etc.
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