Tomorrow we celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday & Read Across America Day so today we want to take a look at some tips for reading to your child.
Reading aloud with your child for just 20 minutes a day strengthens relationships, encourages listening and language skills, promotes attention and curiosity and establishes a strong reading foundation. These skills are essential for success in school and in life.
A few tips for setting your child on the path to literacy:
- Field Trips – Take field trips to your library or local bookstore. Help your child feel at home among books and take advantage of they many free programs your library or bookstore offers.
- Read to your baby – Use books with different textures and pictures. Soon your baby will associate words and pictures with meaning.
- Go beyond words – Point out specific objects and illustrations in books to your toddler. Ask them, “Where is the mouse? Where is the green tree?” This will help your child increase his vocabulary.
- Encourage – If your child wants to try to pronounce a word, encourage her and take the time to let her recognize and pronounce words.
- Have fun – Your positive reaction to reading time will signal to your child that books are fun.
Enjoy opening new worlds of learning with your child through books!