Babies Need Books!
Did you know that babies are programmed to learn starting at birth? Over the first year of life the brain more than doubles in size and by the time your child is three their brain is twice as active as an adult's brain. Therefore, it's never too early to read to your baby!
Children who enjoy being read to will want to learn how to read. For children two and younger, board books are great; they are the perfect size for little hands and have been created specifically for the youngest readers. Babies like high contrast colors, real photographs of faces and animals, textures to feel, lift-the-flaps, and books with repetition.
Babies can understand language long before they are able to talk. By the time children are two years old they understand 300 to 500 words. Help your child learn new words by talking and reading together.
READING WITH BABIES
Reading to your baby is a valuable way to spend your precious time together. Your soothingly familiar voice and soft, warm cuddling will help to create a loving bond and your baby will associate reading as pleasurable.
-Let your baby explore cloth or board books.
(Babies like to explore with their mouths so sometimes early reading make look more like chewing!)
-Point to objects and name them.
-Change your voice as you read aloud and make the sounds of the animals.
-Relax and have fun!
This was posted on 5/2/2013 11:50:05 AM