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Because I Said So: Tips to Start Reading with Your Child

A study by American Association for the Advancement of Science released this month suggests that babies and toddlers hearing more words early-on is key to building crucial language and vocabulary skills.

If you feel pressured to come up with new words on your own to say to your child, remember that there’s an easier way: Reading.

I asked Early Moments and Hooked on Phonics editorial director Julie Temple Stan, a fellow mother who has two children ages 8 and 10, some questions on the subject:

When should parents start reading to their children and what types of things should they read?

It’s never too early to read aloud to your child. It’s actually the single most important thing you can do the help prepare your child for reading and learning. Start with just a few minutes (don’t force it) and weave story times into your child’s routine throughout the day.

 

Baby Einstein Playful DiscoveriesThere are many options for baby and toddler reading. Are any reading materials better for the youngest readers than others?

Here are some good choices of reading materials for the youngest readers:

Younger children seem to have the shortest attention spans and may seem to get bored with books after the first few pages. How can parents keep children interested when they read to them?

Let’s face it, toddlers are constantly on the move—and that won’t change simply because you’ve decided it’s time to read. We all imagine the angelic child, nestled next to us, attentively listening to us read. But the truth is, establishing a reading routine takes time. The best way to get (and keep) your child interested in reading is not to expect too much too soon—your child’s attention span may last only a few minutes a day at first. If it doesn’t work at first, try again as part of your child’s bedtime routine—after a nice, warm bath, snuggled in PJs, wrapped in your arms.

 

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Written by Althea Peterson, Staff Writer
Tulsa World

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