Building a Strong Reading Foundation Starts at Birth
Reading to a child every day is the best way to help him or her develop a love for literature. Reading is the foundation to just about every facet of learning so teaching a child to read and love books is just the beginning. Most people don’t realize that the beginning of learning to love books can begin as young as 3 months old.
I started reading to my sons and my grandson when they were born. I did not get a response from them but that was ok. By the time they were three months old they did respond to the books with smiles and signs of approval. By the time kids who have been read to are five to six months they are able to mimic some of the things that are read to them. For example if you read about big and small, show them big and small with your hands. They will mimic those movements as you read the book to them.
As the child grows and is continually read to her or she will smile and laugh at certain points in the book. The child will also want to hold the book on his or her own. This is a great time for him to learn the proper way to hold a book. When he reaches toddler years he will know how to hold a book and in many cases even how to turn the pages and point out his favorite parts of the book explaining them to you.
The exciting part of watching a young child read a book is to hear him re-tell the story. Many times the toddler can’t speak clearly but is able to express his knowledge of the story and tell it to you. There is nothing better than having a toddler bring a book to you, turn to a specific page and tell you what is happening on hat page.
Making sure a toddler knows how to hold a book and understands that the book has pictures and words will help him once he begins school. The teacher can focus on teaching the child to read instead of spending a lot of time teaching him how to treat and hold a book.
Teaching children to read from the time they are born forms an excellent foundation in reading and appreciation of literature. The child will love books and when he enters school will be on the right path to learning.
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About Kim Miller
I am a single mom of two sons, 15 and 18 years old. I also have an 8 month old grandson. I recently earned my BA in Elementary Education and am working toward an MA in Elementary Education. I love working with children and watching them learn.