Did you know that reading with young children promotes language development and literacy skills. Reading can help children learn about the world around them, aid in language development, and boost literacy skills. I love reading to children. But I have also learned that it takes a little work from the adult to maximize these benefits, because not all children, even if they are close in age, like the same books.
How to Read with Kids to Promote Language Development!
Let the child lead!
Children will be more interested in learning and talking about the items he/she is interested in. So it’s important to observe, notice what the child is attending to, and then take the interaction from there.
This means stop talking, lean forward, and look at your child with interest. By providing wait time, you are helping the child learn to initiate, develop turn-taking skills, and foster a sense that they are communicators with things to say.
Learn what type of communicator the child is!
When using books with children, it’s important to first consider at what stage they are at, what type of communicator are they? I don't think it is too important to use ages on these stages, I feel it’s most important to look at their abilities, and not age, when determining how to use books with your child.
Hi my name is Margo; I've lived in Valley Stream for over 14 years. I am the loving and very, very proud mother of one amazing 16 year old son, Isaiah. Thankfully, I am able to live my dream of caring for and nurturing young children.