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:
- 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)
- Use story time as a stepping stone for conversation. This offers practice using the language correctly.
- Ask a child what he thinks will happen next or how she would end a story differently.
- Use picture books to engage young children and help them understand word meanings.
- Choose a comfy place, snuggle close, and cover him up with his favorite blanket/stuffed animals.
- 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.
- 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!