Saturday, May 22, 2010

Reading to Your Child

Young Boy Reading Story Books

I blogged about reading to your children on my Super Star Speech blog.

One of the best activities you can do with your children to encourage  language acquisition is reading together. I started reading to my children when they were two or three months old. The first books we read were bright and colorful board books with a single word or short sentence per page. We soon progressed to books of nursery rhymes and books that were illustrated songs. Although my babies didn’t understand the words at first, they enjoyed the bright pictures, the rhythm of the words, rhymes, and songs, and the cuddling with Mommy. Story time became a treasured part of the day for both of us.

Most parents know that reading to their children is very important. But did you know that reading straight through the book from beginning to end is not always the very best way to stimulate your child’s language skills? Studies have shown that when children are engaged more actively in reading, their vocabulary, comprehension, and language expression are greatly improved.  Here are some ideas for new ways to read a book…

The rest of this post is on my Super Star Speech Blog!

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