The way of reading begins already at infant age, when the children develope a love for words, joy in stories and the wonder of sharing life’s experiences with others using words. The family member market gets the pleasure to grow through activities that improve these skills and interest.
Here are some tips for making reading a central part of the child’s life:
Talk to your baby. Use your face and your voice to tell about the world and about him or her. Select times when the child is calm but watched and just start talking. The child recognizes the sound and the rhythm of your voice already before birth. Now you can help the child connect the sound to interaction with the world.
Repeat what your baby says. When the child is jollying, try to mimic it. The child is learning that sounds can cause the outside world to react and that there is power in words.
Play news anchor. Tell her or him about your day, what you do , and even what you read for yourself. You create links between words and events and help the child learn how stories are built.
Name everything. When you care about the baby you can take care to say the child’s name, what the body parts are, what the clothes name is and the things that you use. Although the link between word and case will take weeks or months, you are now laying a foundation for language and reading.
Look in picture books together. Start when the child is about six months, introduce books as something fun and exciting. Learn to accept that the child can not concentrate for so long. Even a brief meeting of books increases the love of reading.
Look, point and name. Toddlers start their book experiences by first learning to turn the blades and then looking at the pictures more generally, then looking at the pictures as the images are named, then pointing to the images named until they learn the names and images on their own.
Pack a book. Pack a book or two in the diaper bag and in the car for older infants and toddlers. The habit of filling the space of life with books and always having them at hand will help the child see them as a natural part of life.
Learn rhymes and songs. Children experiment with language sounds using rhyme, which builds their interest in words and sounds. Rim with hand movements helps the child connect activities to words. Poetry for children also builds an awareness of and a love of language.
Give the child books. Have a book for every occasion and look in it together. Place the library in a special but easily accessible place at home.
Tell goodnight stories. Make the story, both reading and fairy tales, part of the knighting routine from the infancy to the next. Never take away the goodnight thing as a punishment. This moment is to be seen as holy.
Try not to let it go for a day without a book. Make books part of your daily life with your child. Do not let it go one day without reading a book, a poem or a single story.