This week I am featuring Meghan Ames, a Pediatric Physical Therapist with whom I have the privilege of working. She is passionate about children—their growth, development and maturity. This is what she has to say about reading to kids!
The Importance to Reading to Your Children
Many parents think that their baby is too young to be read to. They think, “Why would I start reading to my baby when they do not understand what I am saying?” Believe it or not, there are multiple benefits to reading to your baby, even while they are still in utero!
Reading to your baby does not have to take up much of your time! Reading one or two pages or just pointing to the images on the page can be beneficial.
Here are some tips for making reading a part of your life:
- Make it part of your child’s bedtime routine
- Turn off the TV and create a quiet environment
- Use silly voices while reading, change the pitch of your voice for different characters
- Point to the pictures, name them, and talk about them
- Choose books with bright, bold, and high-contrast illustrations
- Keep books where your baby can reach them
- Use interactive books (mirrors, flap books, slide and see, finger-trails, etc.)
Due to my passion for children’s literacy, I recently became an Usborne Book Consultant. Usborne has a variety of books for children from birth through young adulthood. All Usborne books have an educational component and make learning fun! Feel free to visit my page and take a look!
Feel free to contact me with any questions at email@example.com. I would be happy to give you recommendations based on age, reading level, or interests.
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