12. 10. 2014
Back in my teaching days, a parent asked me when she should start reading aloud to her newborn baby.
“Right now,” I told her.
She looked at me puzzled and said, “Now? But she’s just a baby.”
“Exactly,” I responded, “get started before she gets older!”
I know sometimes I'm reading to my kids and I feel like they're all...
However, studies have shown that the more language babies and children are exposed to, the better language skills they will develop as they grow. If that statement doesn’t have you running for a book for your child, here are some more nuggets of motivation for you…
One of the primary reasons
to read aloud to a baby is to help them associate reading with pleasure
- it feels wonderful to your little one to be snuggled up with you while they listen to your voice, and see and touch the pages of the book. These cozy moments also help to build a bond
between you and your child, further reinforcing the joy of reading. Additionally, reading aloud is a great calming and peaceful
activity for both of you, and is a wonderful addition to any schedule especially as part of a bedtime routine
As your child grows, other reasons to read aloud become more pertinent, such as:
- building their knowledge-base
- learning proper grammar
- increasing vocabulary
- bringing to light and discussing various issues, emotions and situations
- increasing attention span
But back to the babes for the time being…
So it’s important to read to them. Got it. But what should I read to them? Does it matter??
Try to find book that stimulate your baby’s senses.
Books that she can touch and feel with colorful and bright pictures are great. I’m a huge fan of anything touchy-feely!
It’s also good to find books with exciting sounds, rhythms and rhymes
. Babies can pick up on the rhythm of the rhymes of Dr. Seuss and Mother Goose books, for example, and they enjoy how the sounds in the words come together and repeat. Listening and learning to identify rhymes also exposes children to a very key skill in learning to read and write - listening for specific sounds within words. Learning to isolate and identify specific sounds in words are super-dooper important skills, as they lay the foundation for helping your child figure out how to sound out words when reading or writing. Listening to and playing with rhymes are great ways to exercise and practice this skill. When I taught kindergarten, I encouraged all families to spend time reading rhyming books and to play rhyming games with their children (i.e. “I spy something that rhymes with ____” or read a rhyming book but omit the rhyming word and let your child figure it out). But I digress, back to the babes again. It's also been said that babies enjoy listening to the flow of rhymes because it reminds them of the rhythmic sound of their mothers' heartbeats when they were in the womb. Bless their sweet lil hearts ;)...
What books do you like to read to your baby??