You can help your child develop an awareness of language and literacy skills long before they are able to read by exposing them to books. These skills developed early in life can help set the stage for later academic success. Here are 10 tips to help your child fall in love with books and reading.
“Children who have not developed some basic literacy skills by the time they enter school are 3 – 4 times more likely to drop out in later years.” -National Adult Literacy Survey, (1002) NCES, U.S. Department of Education
- Expose your child to books as an infant.
- Create a cozy reading area for your child.
- Read to your child often.
- Allow your child to read to you.
- Visit the library and allow your child to pick out books of their choice.
- Don’t force reading time.
- Read their favorite books over and over again.
- Don’t use reading as a punishment or take it away as a punishment.
- Be patient with your child and don’t trip if pages get skipped or if every page doesn’t get read.
- Make reading an interactive experience (change your voice, point out pictures, discuss what you see going on in the images)
Watch the video below to see my two-year old “read” to me. This is one of his favorite stories and we read it often. He loves the repetition in this story. I let him go at his own pace and turn the pages. Sometimes we read it fast and sometimes we read it slow and point out the animals and count the kittens at the end.