It is Never Too Early to Teach a Child the Basics of Books
It is never too early to introduce children to literature. Books can be introduced to them from the time they are born. It is important to not only introduce the child to books by reading to them. Children should also learn the basics of a book such as how to hold a book and how to turn the pages. It is also important for them to learn how to treat a book. These simple steps will improve their literacy skills so that when they enter school their learning is focused on reading, not just handling a book.
I began reading to my grandson when he was a month old. Of course at that age he did not know what a book was nor did he care. But I still read to him.
As he grew my grandson loved to hear the stories I read to him. I always added things to the story such as certain sounds or movements which he imitated at a very young age.
At around six months, my grandson knew what special movement or sound came before I would turn the pages of a book. He loved for me to read to him.
I taught my grandson how to hold a book properly and he watched me turn the pages as I read. As he learned to turn the pages I let him turn them while we read but I made sure that we did not miss a page.
My son is seventeen months now and he knows how to hold a book. He has known how to hold a book since he was around eight months old. I have watched him learn new things as we read. He has figured out how to turn the pages in his books without skipping a page. IF he skips a page he goes back to the page he skipped.
I have started showing him that you read from left to right now. As he grows and pays more attention to longer stories I will teach him the beginning and end of sentences.
So much is expected of children when they enter kindergarten. When my sons were in kindergarten the students who entered class not knowing anything about a book, not even how to hold it, struggled because they spent so much time learning the basics of a book. Knowing the basics of a book makes it much easier for a child to be a successful reader.
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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.