Benefits of reading and storytelling
- Promotes brain development and imagination
- Teaches your child about language and emotions
- Exposes children to new and different words which are not used regularly in everyday speech, thus promotes language comprehension
- Lays the foundations for literacy
- Fosters an early interest in reading before children reach school age
When and how to read to toddlers
- Having a regular reading time (especially before naps and bedtime) is helpful.
- Be guided by your child's interest in reading.
- You can have the child seated in your lap which helps them to feel safe and relaxed. Let your toddler help you turn pages and point at the illustrations.
- Don't expect your toddler to sit still while reading.
- Turn off the TV or music or any distractions so your child can focus.
- Read slowly and expressively. Puppets, props or fingerplays can be used while reading.
- Point to the pictures and talk about them. Ask questions and praise them for their response.
Choosing books for toddlers
- Toddlers like to do things on their own. Place a few books and let them choose. Praise their selection.
- It's OK if he chooses the same one over and over.
- Board books or cloth books are durable, and the pages don't get ripped off easily.
- Books with detailed illustrations (Picture books) are easier to be related to the text.
- Choose books-
- that have good rhyme, rhythm and repetition (poetry or songbooks) in which the child can clap, sing and dance along.
- featuring their favourite topics- like cars, fairies, animals, insects, pirates, machines, trains or trucks
- with lift-up flaps or pop-ups, with different textures to touch which keeps their hands busy
- that are educational with alphabets, shapes, sizes, colours and counting
- that uses humour and have a sense of fun
- that are homemade, scrapbooks, or photo albums full of known friends and relatives (try adding simple captions)
Reading is a great way for you to bond with your child and share time together.
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