Here are some tips to reading with your Toddler...
Don't forget those reading calendars! They are worth treasure!
How Do I Get Started?
* Pick a book or let your toddler choose one. Point to a pictures and read the words clearly.
*Encourage your child to notice details in the pictures. Talk about what happens in the story and let them say the words along with you.
What books will my toddler like?
*Toddlers like picture books about people, animals, familiar objects, and favorite characters, with simple stories and rhymes. Your child may ask for the same book over and over, or for books about a particular topic. Board books are good for toddlers who are still learnig to care for books.
When should I read with my toddler?
*After a nap, after lunch, and before bedtime are popular times. Make reading part of your family's routines. Take books along when you go out with your toddler. Sharing books can be part of waiting at the doctor's office or the bus stop. Read a story instead of watching TV. Take your toddler along to the library or bookstore to find new books to read.
Where should I read to my toddler?
*Find a comportable place where you both can see the pages. If your child enjoys turning pages, be sure she can reach the book. Sitting in your lap or sitting next to you on the couch or even in the car seat.
How long should I read to my toddler?
* A few minutes, only as long as your toddler is interested. Some toddlers will listen for 10 mintues or more to a favorite book. Some will even insist on going through a stack of books with you! Others may be too active to sit still for long. Vary your voice or use a puppet to help hold your child's attention.
Who should read to toddlers?
Parents, grandparents, librarians, child care providers, even older siblings can help a toddler learn to love reading.
What if my toddler isn't interested in books?
Keep trying, but don't force it. Toddlers are busy finding out about their world. Talk with your chld, tell stories, sing or recite poems. Let them see you reading. Take them to the library and the bookstore with you. Such invitiations help many children develop an interest in reading.
For related web resources, see "Sharing books with your toddler" at http://illinoisearlylearning.org/tips.htm