The Birth of a Book Habit
- Encourage babbling. Respond to babbling with questions, answers, and observations. “You see the ball, that ball is blue.” “You want more Cherrios?”
- It is always a great idea to name/label objects in your baby's environment, like people (Mommy, Daddy, Grandma), animals (Brody (the dog), dog, cat, pig, cow), and objects (chair, book, car). Not only are you modeling oral language, you are using words to encourage echoing and repetition which increases literacy skills.
- Play pat-a-cake with your baby, alternately clapping your hands and then patting her hands.