Tips for Reading to Your Baby
Reading to babies is a great way to immerse them in the sounds and rhythms of speech, which is crucial for language development. Some people start reading to their baby before they are even born, and it’s a nice practice to get into early on. Reading together with your baby is a wonderful opportunity to bond while engaging in
Some people start reading to their baby before they are even born, and it’s a nice practice to get into early on. Reading together with your baby is a wonderful opportunity to bond while engaging in
Reading together with your baby is a wonderful opportunity to bond while engaging in storytelling, one of the cornerstones of culture the world over.
Early Language Development
Listening to you read will help your little one develop their early language skills. This will in time lead to a stronger grasp on literacy, the key to their greater learning experiences. Remember literacy is a whole skill and more than just recognising sounds and letters.
Characters behaviours, problem resolution, relationships, and an understanding of the concept of a narrative are all important. The reasons behind things, cause and effect and the relationships between things all create whole literacy.
Reading Space for Baby
- Set up a reading space, which you can enjoy, with colourful cushions and soft lighting.
- Turn off distracting technology and hold your baby close so she can see.
- Stop and talk about what is happening as you read, and point out things he may recognise such as mum, dad, sister, or cat.
- Find the rhythm of the story and make it melodic.
- Choose a range of books with simple shapes to teach basic concepts and fun everyday illustrations for recognisable features.
- Include some artistically illustrated picture books to share the wonder of handcrafted artwork and the magic and mystery of wordless storytelling.
As they get older
- Re-reading a favourite book is great for young ones, and they can come to know it by its dog-eared corners and place on the shelf. They will enjoy anticipating the antics of various characters and basic elements of the narrative such as “What happened when Dad fell in the lake”.
- Bring books to life by taking elements of the book, such as a favourite character or a rhyme and creating your own sing song for around the house. You can also slot in characters from your own family. This will create continuity between reading and everyday language use.
- Have fun with numeracy. Many stories for young children combine the elements of rhyme and counting in ways that are lots of fun for young children.
Tips for Choosing Books for Infants
For Age 0-12 Months
- Choose books with bright colours and high contrast images, for developing vision such as: White on Black by Tana Hoban
- Textured, soft or cloth books.
- Books with babies faces.
- Plastic books that can get covered in pumpkin.
- Bath books once they are sitting.
For Age 12-24 months
Visit the library at an early learning centre, and enjoy story time and exploring books for free. Get to know the kind of books your child likes – they might not be the same ones you do!
Some great choices for this age group include:
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? (and others)
Bill Martin Junior
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes (and others)
I Want my Hat Back
Don’t let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
Margaret Wise Brow
For more information on reading to your baby or to enrol your child at Hamersley Early Learning School, contact us today.