One of the best ways to increase your child’s language and early literacy skills is by reading books!
Research shows that book reading facilitates language development and plays an important role in preparing children for success in school. Children who have early language delays are at risk for reading difficulties in the elementary years.
Reading books with your child can introduce new experiences and vocabulary.
Here are some tips for reading books with younger children:
Increase interest by letting your child select the book! Children love to be in control and feel like they are making important decisions. If you want to limit the options, you can offer 2 choices and let your child pick which one they want.
Select books with repetitive phrases. Give your child the opportunity to complete the repetitive line.
Talk about the pictures. If your child has a shorter attention span or difficulty sitting for long periods of time, you don’t have to read every word from the story. Simplify the story by talking about the pictures and parts that interest your child.
Make it fun! Use big facial expressions, add suspense by pausing, and get excited by the fun elements in the story.
Which book does your child love reading??