Reading aloud to kids (including babies!) is a great way to build early language skills as it helps to create and reinforce connections in their developing brains. Here are some tips and recommendations:
- Make a habit of reading with your child daily
- Get your child involved in books by asking questions and making comments like:
- “What a silly monkey! Is jumping on the bed very safe?” or
- “Isn’t it nice that the rainbow fish shared with his friends?” or
- “Where is the blue train?”
- Select a variety of books about things your child enjoys and topics they may be learning in school
- Your local library is a great free resource for tons of fun books for kids!
- Check your child’s classroom newsletter for book recommendations related to the current theme!
- Reading books about activities that may make your child nervous can help ease anxiety, provide coping strategies, and give them confidence
- As your child gets older and is able to participate in reading, let them read words/phrases to you!
- Limit reading on tablets, books on tape, and books with more focus on sounds/noises
As always, if you have questions about literacy and reading with kids, consult your pediatrician. For more information, visit these helpful links: