Five Ways to Read with Your Toddler

Try to read books with your child every day, even if it is only for a short time.  Books can become a source of comfort and are a great way to wind down, share cuddle time and make the transition to bedtime or a nap.  But don’t just rely on books; employ reading moments throughout the day.  Here are five ways to increase and enhance your toddler’s reading experiences:


1.  Point to the Picture. To help develop vocabulary, ask your child to point to a picture in a book or wherever you might find pictures, which he can identify with a word.  “Can you point at the cow?”  “Show me the dog.”  

 2.   Discuss what’s happening in pictures.  What or who are the items or characters?  Where does the story take place?  What do you think is happening?

 3.   If your child wants to hear the same story or book over and over (and over and over), make the best of it.  Discuss details, ask lots of questions, delve deeper into the details, motives and meaning. 

 4.  By the age of three, many children can begin learning letters and sounds.  Begin with the letters in your child’s name and look for them in books, on signs, in advertisements, on products, etc.

 5.  Start reading environmental print together when you’re out walking or even driving.  You’d be surprised how quickly children can read favorite restaurant, grocery store and department store signs.

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  • I was doing some research for a new video I was working on, and google listed this page first, so I thought I’d check it out… I haven’t visited your blog before but it’s going into my RSS reader right now!

  • My parents used to read to my when I was growing up, with the intention of helping me learn to read. I never really paid attention to the words though, I was far too interested in all the pictures, and so I didn’t learn how to read until I got to school with the other kids. When I have kids I guess I will try to make them focus on the words a little more

  • Don’t forget to also count. Don’t just read for 20 minutes, count 10 read 10. And join the initiative at http://www.Count10Read10.com

    Oh – and you don’t have to count separately. Count the kitties in the pictures (for some reason Daughter’s books all have cats!).

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