Benefits of Reading with Your Toddler
READING TEACHES TODDLERS HOW THE WORLD AROUND THEM WORKS.
IT IS IMPORTANT TO READ AT EVERY STAGE OF A CHILD'S LIFE. READING WITH TODDLERS HAS BEEN WELL RESEARCHED AND HAS BEEN PROVEN TO HAVE AN EFFECT ON TODDLER'S EMOTIONAL, SOCIAL, AND INTELLECTUAL DEVELOPMENT.
When you read out loud, it's not only pure fun but also, your tot gets connected to the sound of your voice, feels closer to you, and more bonded.
In reading time- toddler takes it all in- learning new words, expanding their vocabulary and learning about language structure, numbers, math concepts, colors, shapes, animals, opposites, manners, and all kinds of useful information about how the world works.
YOU ARE HELPING BUILD A POSITIVE ASSOCIATION WITH BOOKS THAT WILL LAST LIFETIME.
HERE ARE A FEW TIPS ON HOW TO INCORPORATE READING IN YOUR DAILY ROUTINE:
1. READ WITH YOUR TODDLER DURING THE DAY- not only nightly bedtime reading
Offering to read books with toddlers is one of the best ways to get them to slow down and focus. Sit close, and enjoy these moments of the connection while it’s still light outside.
2. FIND OUT WHAT IS THEIR TASTE IN BOOKS- Encourage the toddlers to express what they like about their books and find more books like those.
3. GET PHYSICAL- Let your child turn the pages, to control the pace- it’s also great for developing fine motor skills. Around the age of 12 months, your tot will probably have the dexterity to open a board book and even flip the thick pages one at a time. At 24 months your little one may be able to turn pages of a paper book, two or three pages at a time.
4. CHOOSE THE RIGHT BOOKS- there are many things to consider when choosing out books for your children such as content, language, and design. But options can get overwhelming. at YAYA each toy box will include a handpick book that was chosen especially for your child, which makes it easy to find memorable children's books that fuel kids' love of reading.
Remember, at an older age, children may start to gravitate exclusively to stories that feature a protagonist of their own gender. This is not yet true for toddlers. We take advantage of this time to expose them to a balanced menu of characters.
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