The Power of reading together
Reading to a young child can open a window to a whole new world for them. Reading to young children assists in developing their imagination and so much more.
Babies love books too!
For babies, it’s an emotional connection to the trusted person reading to them as well as the connection to sounds. Supporting language through stories can be done through colourful, rhyming, pattern books.
Toddlers curling up for story time:
As children develop and grow into the toddler stage, spending time reading is critical for language and literacy development (Reading Rockets, 2017).
Spending time reading to your child will assist their vocabulary development and articulation (Conner, 2011). Make the story meaningful for them by reading stories that interest them.
Create a set time for reading where you and your child can relax, curl up together, making reading an enjoyable part of your daily routine.
Preschools are expanding on the stories that they hear:
Preschool children explore through play concepts they are exposed to through reading. They are actively engaging in storytelling by connecting what they are hearing through books and what they are enacting in their play.
This is also a time when children can make meaning of who the author and illustrators are, make predictions on the story’s outcome, generate questions, and engage in social interactions. (Arthur, Beecher, Death, Dockett and Farmer, 2012)
Spicing it up:
We live in a digital word. So why not bring that into storytelling. There are so many amazing children’s books available on YouTube that may add a new level of exciting to reading stories.
Resources to help:
-Your local public library is a great source on books for all ages and has reading times for children of all ages. It is a great resource that we have at our finger tips.
-Lauren at the Garden Suburb location has started us on the Scholastics book club. This is a great way to bring literacy into your home for a great price. There are great present ideas found in the catalogue as well.
Wrapping it up:
Setting children on a positive reading path begins at birth and continues on throughout their early years. Studies are showing that when we actively engage children in literacy, it creates a foundation for school success.
Stories you and your child may enjoy.
Good Night Moon. By Margaret Wise Brown
Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See. By Bill Martin, Jr
Harold And The Purple Crayon. By Crockett Johnson
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. By Bill Martin, Jr
Big Sarah's Little Boots. By Paulette Bourgeois
If You Give A Mouse A Cookie. By Laura Numeroff
The Gruffalo. By Julia Donaldson
The Very Hungry Caterpillar. By Eric Carle
Where The Wild Things Are. By Maurice Sendak
Possum Magic. By Mem Fox
Oh, The Places You'll Go! By Dr Seuss
The Paper Bag Princess. By Robert Munch
Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. By Judith Viorst
The Hairy Maclary Collection. By Lynley Dodd
Franklin series. By Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clarke
The Giving Tree. By Shel Silverstein
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Arthur, L., Beecher, B., Death, E., Dockett, S., & Farmer, S. (2012). Programming and planning in early childhood settings (6 ed.). South Melbourne, Victoria: Cengage Learning.
Connor, J. (2011). Becoming literate. The Early Years Learning Framework; Professional Learning Program (EYLF PLP)(18). Retrieved from Early Childhood Australia: http://www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au/nqsplp/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/EYLFPLP_E-Newsletter_No18.pdf