Yesterday, I shared some Book Chook tips on reading aloud. Today I have some special tips for the parents of toddlers.
Parents of toddlers have wonderful opportunities to develop literate kids. So much of the play we do naturally with babies - finger plays, nursery rhymes, chat, naming things - grows into extended play that we enjoy with our toddlers. But we can also introduce other elements as our little ones develop the ability to listen, observe, learn and become more aware of their surroundings.
- Surround your child with print. Print means words on flash cards, labels, books for babies and toddlers and all ages, letters, word games, flyers, comics, magnet letters, magazines - you get the picture!
- Read aloud at least every day. Reading aloud to your child is one of the most important things you can do as a parent. Sharing stories shapes kids futures. It also gives us a time to cuddle with and be close to our children, something that's vital in our busy lives.
- Let your child see you reading and writing. It’s important to be a model for your child. The great things is, that doesn’t mean eating celery and strutting a cakewalk! It means having your child see you read and write for pleasure and purpose.
- Make it a family affair. When everyone joins in family reading, it’s more fun and becomes a habit. Take your books on picnics, read to Grandma, make sure Dad gets to share what he’s reading too.
- Play with words. Sharing the joy of language is such fun. Toddlers love songs and rhymes. Talk to them about everything you see and listen to what they have to say.
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