Zero to Three is a child development website that has awesome tips on how to make reading with your baby fun. By starting young, you can encourage and motivate your children to develop a love for reading that will last a lifetime!
Here are few reading tips from Zero to Three:
- Babies cannot yet turn pages on their own, an 18-month-old will want to give it a try, and a three-year-old can certainly do it alone. Remember, it's OK to skip pages!
- Talk or sing about the pictures: you do not have to read the words to tell a story. Try "reading" the pictures in a book for your child sometimes. When your child is old enough, ask him to read the pictures to you!
- Show children the cover page: explain what the story is about. If you have an older toddler, ask them to guess what the story might be about.
- Show children the words: run your finger along the words as you read them, from left to right.
Books are great tools for teaching children; from potty training, to heading off to kindergarten, to all the transitions in between, children books relate to kids in a way adults cannot, so get reading!