The answer is simple. Reading to toddlers sets the foundation for later independent reading.
Also, studies have shown that children with active exposure to language will have social and educational advantages over their peers.
So, how can you help your child get these advantages?
Helping the Move to Toddlerhood
Between the ages of 1 and 3, your toddler will have triumphs and challenges, so it can help for them to hear stories about other kids and how they managed those same obstacles.
When and How to Read to Toddlers
Experts recommend reading to toddlers as often as possible, striving for at least one scheduled reading time each day. If your toddler will let you, hold him or her in your lap when you read. It’s a great spot for them to feel safe, happy, and relaxed while you’re showing them new things and inviting their participation.
Sitting Still Not Required
Don’t worry if your child can’t sit still for an entire book — their attention span will get longer soon. Some busy toddlers like to stand up while you read to them. Others like to look at a page or two before moving on to something else.
What to Do if They Lose Interest
Keep the book out — kids might want to return to it later, which you should encourage. The biggest takeaway is that you want your child to have positive associations with reading, so if you are feeling tense or your child is resisting, consider setting the book aside and returning to it later.
Choosing Books for Toddlers
Since toddlers want to feel included and competent, choose books they can follow along with, especially those with repetitive text so they can fill in words. Maintain your toddler’s interest by choosing books with small amounts of text on the page and books about topics that you know are of interest.
Keeping Books Available
Keep books in a basket on the floor or in a place where your child can reach them easily and look at them independently. Also, keep some books in the car and always have a few handy in your bag for long waits at the doctor or lines when shopping.
Let Memorial Montessori in Sugar Land, TX Help
We agree that every toddler should be given the best chance for success possible. If you’d like to learn more about how we can help you give your child their best possible tomorrow, please contact Memorial Montessori in Sugar Land, TX today!