It’s fun to be silly when you’re reading with your child. Hold the book upside down or backwards and see if your child notices. This helps children learn the proper way to hold and read books while also having fun!
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Looking for different uses of one item encourages creativity and inventiveness, one of the skills that helps children to learn. You’ll be surprised by how many different things a toilet paper roll can be. Encourage your child to use their imagination.
In order to get your preschooler excited about books, you should read books about things they love. If they love to play sports then read stories about sports.
Use new words. Good readers have a large vocabulary. Knowing lots of words helps children better understand what they read. Begin this early, even before your children learn to talk.
Be interactive. Engage your child so they will actively listen to a story. Discuss what’s happening, point out things on the page, and answer your child’s questions. Ask questions of your own and listen to your child’s responses.
Give your child choices, when possible. “Would you like an apple or banana for snack?”, “Which book would you like to read tonight before bed?” This will build your child’s confidence that he can make good choices.
Keep books everywhere; in the diaper bag, in the toy box, in the car, in the children’s rooms, all over the house. Babies and toddlers who grow up with books around them become more motivated to learn to read.
Encourage literacy in your child’s daily routines by making shopping lists together. Talk about the names of the letters and words as you write them. While shopping, help children to ‘read’ labels. Give them coupons and ask them to help you find the items.
Rhyming is one way children learn to hear the smaller parts of words. You may help them learn to rhyme by reading them Mother Goose rhymes or stories told in rhyme. Another fun thing to do is play an I Spy rhyming game. For example… “I spy something that rhymes with blue and that something is a….shoe!”