PILLAR 5: READ AND DISCUSS STORIES

  • read and discuss stories  READ AND DISCUSS STORIES

    WHY?
    The more we read with young children, the more prepared they become to enjoy reading and to do well in school. It is never too early to begin reading. When you read to your infant, they will be learning how books work and developing new language skills. Reading is also a special way for the two of you to bond. Turn the page for simple tips on how to make reading fun for you and your baby!

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  • Cuanto más leemos con los niños pequeños, más preparados están para disfrutar de la lectura y tener un buen desempeño en la escuela. Nunca es demasiado temprano para comenzar a leer. Cuando le lea a su bebé, ellos aprenderán cómo funcionan los libros y desarrollarán nuevas habilidades lingüísticas. La lectura también es una forma especial para que ustedes dos se unan. ¡Pase la página para obtener consejos simples sobre cómo hacer que la lectura sea divertida para usted y su bebé!

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  • TIPS FOR INFANTS
    (NEWBORN - 12 MONTHS OLD)

    READ REGULARLY
    Make book time part of your baby’s daily routine.They won’t understand for a while, but that’s fine. What is important is that they hear your words, see the pictures, and start to develop positive feelings about books.

    KEEP IT SIMPLE
    If you can, choose books that are sturdy, short, and have simple, colorful pictures.

    SNUGGLE UP
    Hold your child in your lap as you read so they can see the pictures and feel cozy.

    DESCRIBE THE PICTURES
    With infants, you don’t need to read the words on the pages. Instead, describe what is happening in the pictures. Talk about the colors, shapes, and what the characters are doing. Point to the page when you do this.

    SPEAK WITH EXPRESSION
    Use an exaggerated voice to make it more interesting!

    ACTIVELY INVOLVE THEM
    As your baby develops coordination, involve them more in the reading experience. Let them hold the book or turn the pages. 

    FOLLOW THEIR LEAD
    Let your child guide the reading experience. When they start to loose interest, try another book or stop. Not being forced to keep going will keep them excited about reading!

     

  • TIPS FOR TODDLERS
    (12-36 MONTHS OLD)

    COMMIT TO READ EVERY DAY 
    Try to set aside 15 minutes every day to read together. Get books from your local library.

    WARM UP
    Before you open the book, check out the cover. Read the title. Look at the picture. Ask your child what she thinks the book might be about.

    READ AND DISCUSS
    Your toddler will learn the most if you have discussions while you read. Respond to their comments and questions about the story. Ask questions that get them thinking. “Why is the boy sad?” “What do you think is going to happen next?”

    HELP THEM FOLLOW ALONG
    Point to the words and pictures. This helps your toddler understand how reading works. For example, we read from left to right on the page.

    USE EXPRESSION
    Use your best reader’s voice! Trying different voices for different characters is fun.

    ENJOY THE PICTURES
    Talk about what is happening in the pictures. You can talk about the colors and shapes you see or what the characters are doing.

    DON’T BE TOO SERIOUS
    Make it fun! Your toddler may want to turn the page before you’ve finished it. If they can’t sit still for the whole book, that’s okay.

    SET A GREAT EXAMPLE 
    If toddlers see grownups reading and know that they enjoy it, they will learn that reading is a fun and important part of life.