Saturday, November 8, 2014

How to read to your kids

I recently wrote a post where a listed some of the benefits to having a regular story time with your children. Now I won't say that there's a right and a wrong way to have story time, but I will share with you some tips to get the most out of your reading session.

Here are 7 tips when reading for language acquisition:

  1. Rhyming books are fun to read, but also help kids to understand that words are made up of individual sounds. (See benefit 1 and 2)
  2. Use story time as a stepping stone for conversation. This offers practice using the language correctly.
  3. Ask a child what he thinks will happen next or how she would end a story differently.
  4. Use picture books to engage young children and help them understand word meanings.
  5. Choose a comfy place, snuggle close, and cover him up with his favorite blanket/stuffed animals.
  6. If you are reading with an infant, try giving your baby something to hold like a bottle or a toy so they can stay focused.
  7. Most importantly, if your baby is fussy or not in a relaxed mood put the book down and try again later. You don't want to force it!

Reading daily to your child can have a significant impact on brain activity. So please, read often!

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