Your little one is now a toddler. You’ve spent the last year reading to your baby, but as they grow, so must your techniques.
The benefits of reading to your child are undeniable and we have put together a few simple suggestions to help you conquer the demands of this new age group.
1. Give your toddler a choice. Let them help you decide which book you should read to them.
2. Most often it isn’t what you read, but how you read it that matters. Be animated, use different voices and keep them entertained. Never be afraid of acting silly.
3. You don’t always have to read the words in the book if they are too complex. Keep your child interested by telling them the story in your own words.
4. Let them get the most out of every page. Ask questions about the characters, point out different objects and talk about what you are looking at on each page. Don’t forget to offer praise when they get the answer right.
5. Similar to the early days, repetition is key. Find books that repeat words over and over again as this helps develop vocabulary.
6. Talk about the images in the book as reading images is the first step in helping them read text.
7. Discuss the book after you’re done reading it. Talk about the pictures, discuss the ideas that the book represents.
Remember to let your child see you read. Children model behavior they see and watching their parents read is a sign that it is an important part of life.
Our guide outlines the facts based on research from several online and offline resources. If you are in doubt or worried about your child’s development for any reason, consult with a qualified and certified mental health professional or medical doctor.