The leaves are changing colors. The pumpkins are on display all around town. Time to stock up on some fabulous fall books to build language with your little pumpkin. Grab a blanket and some mugs of apple cider and get your child excited for the magic of fall with one of our favorite children’s books for autumn.
“Please work together!” “Please share!” “Please take turns!” These pleas can be heard from parents and teachers in homes and schools every day. Despite the challenges that parents may encounter along the pathway to building cooperative play skills, the effort is undoubtedly worth it given that cooperation is key to relating and building relationships; skills we all hope to foster in our children.
Every parent knows reading with your child is important, but the type of books you choose for babies and toddlers impact language learning as well. The key is to keep it simple. Flip-the-flap books with bright simple pictures and a few words on each page is the way to go for babies & toddlers.
Read before your baby’s morning nap. Set books on his blanket during tummy time. Read before you put your toddler to bed. Start the habit of reading with your baby and toddler now. It’s one of the most important things you can do to connect with your child & support language development. Check out our favorite books for building language with babies and toddlers & be sure to add these to your child’s collection the next time you head out to the bookstore:
Reading is essential for all children but a good collection of books for preschoolers is particularly vital as they build language & early literacy skills that directly correlate with later academic success. Create a book nook for your preschooler filled with books that have simple sentences, an easy-to-follow storyline, rhyme, rhythm and repetition. Wordless picture books and books depicting familiar songs & chants are also a fabulous choice for preschool children who will love the opportunity to “read” the story to their parents & siblings using the pictures.
In a world where parents are bombarded with an array of educational products & apps promising to teach children to talk & read faster & sooner, it’s easy to lose sight of what is developmentally appropriate for children. We get in a rush to push a child along to the next level and don’t spend enough quality time on the very skills that are foundational to reading. Let’s back it up and start with the basics. Instill a love for reading in your child & help build important early language & literacy skills by taking the time to think about these five simple tips each time you sit down to read a book with your child.