The last time we talked to you about reading to your tiny infant as a means to encourage the love of books later on in life. We stated that leafing through books, reading nursery rhymes and singing all make the child more familiar with reading. Today letís talk about reading to your toddler.
Toddlers are full of energy. They seem to never get tired and after a long day of fun and games they still insist on continuing the show. Reading besides its obvious developmental and educational benefits teaches young kids patience and assiduousness. Done at bedtime it helps your bundle of energy to wind down and relax preparing him or her for quality rest.
With young toddlers itís important to know their limits. Choose bright books with large pictures and bold letters. If you see that the toddlerís attention is wavering switch to another activity. Pressure will only discourage your child from reading. At ages between eighteen months and two years even five minutes of reading is an enormous effort. If you exercise sitting down together often, your stretches of reading fun will lengthen and your child will be able to follow more complicated plots.
By ages two and three your toddler will be able to sit through short stories and possibly even try to retell them. Your child may want to sit down with you and leaf through his magazine while you are reading your paper. Praise this behaviour and tell him or her how proud you are of your little reader.