Is your child a bookworm?

When do you start raising a bookworm? There's no better time than now, and the earlier the better. Even if you can only read to them a few minutes a day, they are still reaping the benefits.

Children that are read to at a very young age learn the joys of reading. They may become a bookworm and pick up a book when they're bored. They may want to draw the pictures out of that book and become a little artist.

Reading to your infant or toddler will help them to be able to recognize letters and sounds when they learn to speak, or read. They will match pictures with sounds, teaching them to create words. If you use your finger and show them the words from left to right as you are reading, they will eventually copy you. Also, using your finger to point at a word and then the picture that matches, will help them to be able to later recognize that word and know what it means.

Children love rhymes. They find the repition interesting and fun, and it helps them to stay focused on a particular page.

Children also love the bonding time they have with their parent when you read to them. They feel like it's their special time and it boosts their self-confidence.

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Tips For Reading To Your Child

*Let them read back to you. Even if they don't know the words, let them make up their own. Kids can be pretty creative. It makes them feel independent and smart.

*Praise your child for finding the picture that matches a particular word, or for telling you the color of teddy's hat.

*Let them pick out the story. It makes them feel like a big boy/girl when they get to pick out the story.

*Find a quiet place with no distractions. Turn the tv or radio off. Let the siblings know they need to not bother you for a few minutes.

Reading Isn't Just For Bedtime

A child can bring a book on a road trip. They can read to you while your driving.

You can have story time at home either one-on-one or with the siblings. Everyone can take turns reading a page, or they can read quietly. You could sit on a chair or the couch while the children gather around for a story.

You can make a little picnic outside with a blanket and a few snacks, and of course, a story.

You can make a trip to the local library once a week, or month, whatever suits you.

Be creative with it! Most children love books and it's important to add it to your family lifestyle. Reading to them and getting them interested in books will help them to learn and grow.

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