In this age of social media and instant gratification, kids as young as three are finding solace in an electronic device rather than books or nature.
The most important thing is to teach them that learning from books can be a fun activity. Once they have positive interactions with books, their minds will continue to seek out knowledge for a lifetime.
Here are some ideas to nurture early literacy skills in your toddler:
If your kid is too young to pay attention to the words, talk or sing about the pictures in the book. When the child is old enough, ask him or her to talk about the pictures.
If your kid gets bored too easily, it’s fine if you read out only a couple of pages at a time. Eventually, the attention span of kids increases and they will be able to latch on to an entire story.
Bring the story to life by using gestures and different voices for various characters. They will remember it faster if you act it out.
Have conversations about the stories you are reading. Talk about familiar activities and objects you see in the illustrations or read about in the story.
Make photo books of family members. Cut pictures out of magazines or catalogs to make word books. As your child gets older, have him or her dictate a story to you and then draw pictures to go with the words.
Follow these tips and your child will take to books and reading seamlessly. They will most likely develop a lifelong love of books.
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