reading fluently at 3 years old and a very enthusiastic and engaged reader now.
Do you ask yourself how you help your toddler get ready to read during the ages of 2 and 3? There are some good tips from the National Institute of Literacy.
- I read to my child every day, even if it's only for a few minutes.
- I encourage my child to bring his favorite books to me, so we can read them together.
- I point to pictures and name them out loud, and I encourage my child to point to pictures while we read.
- I watch to see if my child sometimes makes eye contact with me when I read aloud. This tells me whether she is playing attention to me and the story.
- I talk with my child throughout the day about things we are doing and things that are happening around us.
- I try to be patient when my child wants to read the same book over and over again.
- I encourage my child to "play" with books - pick them up, flip them from front to back, and turn the pages.
- Sometimes I listen when my child pretends to "read" a book - he holds the book, goes from page to page, and says words, even though they are not the words on the page.
- I give my child crayon and paper, so she can scribble, make pictures, and pretend to write.
How do you encourage literacy in your toddlers and young preschoolers?
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