The Birth of a Book Habit
- Regularly read books to your baby, pointing to the pictures as you read and engaging her by changing your voice for different characters. Invite your little one to participate by encouraging her to laugh or act surprised by the story, touch the pictures, and turn the pages.
- Read colorful picture books to your baby. Point to the pictures, and name simple objects to reinforce his/her early speech development and model the importance of language and reading. Practice using short words or sentences and then pause. This will allow your baby to respond with his or her own baby talk and encourage and model the give-and-take interaction much like adult conversation.
- Hearing words helps to build a language rich network in your baby's brain. Kids whose parents frequently talk/read to them know more words, have increased comprehension skills. And kids who are read to during their early years are more likely to have a greater interest in reading and education in general.
- Skills Learned: Language development, listening skills, imagination, rhyming, repetition, speaking, listening and comprehension skills, reading skills, book enjoyment and knowledge.