Develop your child’s communication and literacy skills
Build a stronger relationship with you and your child
Develop all areas of their academic development
Tips on how to read with your child:
Have a set time for reading
Find a quiet area, turn off and omit any distractions for example the TV or mobile
Let your child choose the book
Your child will be more engaged in the book if they choose it and will give them confidence and independence as it shows that you care about what they think
Did you know?
'Unborn babies can hear your voice from 18 weeks, so you can start to read to your child before they’re even born'
Sit close together
This also helps them be more engaged. Help and encourage them to hold the book and turn the pages themselves.
Point to the pictures
If there are images in the book point to them and tell the child what they are or you can get the child to point to stuff in the book for example you can ask where’s the blue ball or how many sheep can you see?
Did you know?
'The single most significant factor influencing a child’s early educational success is an introduction to books and being read to at home prior to beginning school'
Ask questions about the book
As with the last point it is important to get your child to interact with the book to keep them engaged. Ask questions like what will happen next or what’s the next word (if the story uses repeated refrain). Other questions you could ask are:
- How do you think the character is feeling?
- How does that scenario/ or the book make you feel?
- What do you think they should do next?
- What would you do if you were them?
Try also to relate what is happening in the story to situations they have encountered in real life. Talking about the characters and dilemmas helps children to understand what is happening better and a great way to discuss different issues.
Did you know?
'Only 53 percent of children ages three to five were read to daily by a family member (1999). Children in families with incomes below the poverty line are less likely to be read to aloud everyday than are children in families with incomes at or above poverty'
Finally have fun
The most important thing is that you and your child enjoy the time together. So make funny noises, do silly faces and have fun.
Why not try:
Making it up – a fun thing to do is to allow your child to make up their own story and their own scenario based on what they can see happening in the pictures
We encourage parents to read with their children here at Little Blessings
Because we understand the importance of parents reading to their children, over the last few weeks we’ve had different parents come in to read.
Scroll through our pictures below:
They read different stories including 'I want my hat back' by Jon Klassen and 'We're going on a bear hunt' by Micheal Rosen. Find more books you can read to your child here: http://www.todaysparent.com/baby/first-books-for-babies/
The children loved it! They were surprised and excited about having their parents read to them at nursery and all sat intently and listened to the stories.
Want more activities to do with your child?
Check out some of the activities we do with our children here at Little Blessings: Nursery Activities