The other day, someone asked me how to encourage their young child to read. The best way to encourage reading is to make reading time fun. You can start early with this, even when the child is a baby!
We've all heard of Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes. Every library owns a copy-it's a classic! You can pick out your favorites, and sing or recite these to your young child. The rhythm and rhyme is the best thing for a baby or young child to learn language and prepare them for reading!
Sing nursery songs and do finger plays with your child every day as a sort of pre-reading play time. Make story time fun. Act like you are enjoying this time as well. If you act as though it is a real chore and sacrifice to play and read to your child, they will pick it up, and story time will become an unpleasant chore! So make this time special, when you are in a good mood, and ready to spend quality play time with your child.
This is the time for tickling, giggling, singing and clapping!
Here are some links and ideas for you. Amazon is a very affordable place to pick up these books, or, visit your local library and borrow them for free!
This one is illustrated by Rosemary Wells-
she's one of my favorite authors!
You can either pick up a book of Finger Plays, or, go online and search "Finger Plays for babies and toddlers"
Here are a list of my favorites!
Pat A Cake
Peek A Boo!
The Itsy Bitsy Spider
I Had a Little Turtle
5 Little Monkeys
This Little Piggy
One Potato, Two Potato
Five Fat Peas
and there are so many more!
Think back, did you have any favorite nursery rhymes, or play times?
Mrrrow for Now!
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