Thursday, August 31, 2017

Why Read Alouds Matter

Reading aloud to your child is such a crucial skill-building block that you should begin reading to them when they are infants. Not only do you form a bond by spending time together, but it enhances learning and language skills. Look for books that are age-appropriate. For infants to toddlers, I would recommend sturdy board books or books with simple text, and even books with just one word per page identifying an item. 

When reading with toddler-school age children, look for books that have rhyme and repetition. If there is a pattern or rhythm to the text, children will remember the words and begin to associate the sounds with the letters. 

Another suggestion as a former teacher, is that you point out the parts of a book. Show them the spine, the front cover/back cover, show your child how to turn the pages, point to the words while reading so they learn it is left to right/top to bottom. Discuss what an author and what an illustrator does. Tell your child books have a beginning, a middle and an end. Show them how to hold and carry a book. 

You are your child's first teacher, so if you model proper book behavior, your child will learn it from you. Remember, the library is FREE and there are a multitude of books waiting for you and your child to read.

Audio, Leap Pad and Playaway tablets, etc. also counts as reading and learning literacy skills. But honestly, nothing can take the place of a parent spending time reading with their child(ren)!

tina winkle stay magical

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