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Toddlers Talk Literacy

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Research has shown that children who have larger vocabularies become better readers. Knowing many words helps children recognize written words and understand what they read. Vocabulary is learned from books more than normal conversation and television exposure. Children who enjoy being read to will want to learn how to read. So pick up some of these great books for 2 and 3 year olds and start reading together today!

Board Books and Picture Books are great for this stage. Toddlers enjoy stories with simple rhymes, familiar objects and routines, concepts (letters, numbers & shapes), textures to feel, lift-the-flaps and books with very few words they can learn by heart.

The key to sharing books with toddlers is finding the best time your little bundle of energy will sit for a few minutes.
You know your child best, so you pick the time when you think they will be the most receptive. Trying to read to a child who is interested in something else will frustrate you both. Your child will probably be most interested when they are not hungry, wet, or tired. Most families find reading some time after dinner and before bed to work best and children begin to associate storytime with their bedtime routine.

-Toddlers like to be able to choose the books they want read to them.
Keep a bookshelf somewhere easily accessible to them.

-Toddlers like to have their favorite stories read over and over and over again.

-Let your child turn the pages as you read.

-Encourage your child to join in on repetitive or familiar phrases in the story.

-Ask questions about the story and pictures to stimulate their vocabularies.

-Let them make up a story of their own for the pictures.

-Remember that it isn't the quantity of time spent reading at this stage, it's the quality.
So relax and have fun!

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This was posted on 6/18/2013 9:06:08 AM