HOME & PARENTS
Story Time's "Three T's"
Talk about your own experiences such as your family, pets, or community when you are reading a story. Talk or sing about the pictures. You do not have to read the words to tell a story. Try “reading” just the pictures in a book for your child sometime. When your child is old enough, ask him to “read” the pictures to you!
Track print from left to right with your finger. Children aren’t born with an innate knowledge that text is read from left to right, or that the words on a page are separate from the images. Essential pre-reading skills like these are among the major benefits of early reading.
TRY IT AT HOME
Snuggling up with a book lets the two of you slow down and recapture that sweet, cuddly time you enjoyed when he was a baby. Instead of being seen as a chore or a task, reading will become a nurturing activity that will bring the two of you closer together. Set aside 20 minutes a day or schedule story time at wake up or bedtime. Make it as routine as brushing teeth!
Before long, your toddler will look forward to story time as one of the best parts of the day. Once your toddler understands that story time is a kind of playtime, you will have started him on a lifetime of book loving and learning.
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