children even if they are not able to understand what is being said or if they
are not being able to read by themselves yet. You might wonder, what is the importance of reading to children?
Experiments indicate that children who listen to their parents speaking, for example while they read them a story, they develop literacy and language skills at an early age more easy. They can also develop their brains and ability to link things together, analyze, and imagine better.
Reading can teach children many concepts, such as shapes, colors,
and animal names. It also teaches them correct behaviors and how to show
empathy for others. Emotionally, reading can create an intimate bond between
parents and their child when they read together.
In the first years, your child begins to discover his/her world;
they will be more attracted by the material from which the book is made and the
colors than its content. Try to choose a soft book that is made of fabric
filled with different materials that makes sound when turning the pages, which
they can usually do by themselves.
When your child is between 2 to 3 years, try to choose interactive stories and books that are strong and have thick pages. Make sure that books contain simple and clear concepts, such as family components and the difference between colors and sizes.
As your child is 3 years, you can read to him/her stories that
deal with the behaviors the child is currently facing in his/her life. At this
stage, your child will feel connected to the characters of the books.
After choosing the right book for the child, how do we read it for our children?
Make sure to read the book yourself before reading it to your
child. This will allow you to know if there is anything in the story you would
like to skip for your child such as an angry or scary passage.
Make sure to show the pages to your
child that have related pictures to visualize the story and repeat some
important concepts or words.
Do not choose a long story as your
child might lose his/her concentration.
Little Academy Nursery also supports and encourages your
child’s reading habits. Story Telling and Library Time are fixed in the
weekly classroom schedules. The teachers read books with the children to
support subjects that are being discussed in class, which are related to the
weekly and monthly themes and the event days. Biannually a book fair is
being hosted to promote books for children and happy reading for parents!