Some of the best memories are made when you and your toddler are snuggled up in a warm blanket, reading a book and sharing stories. Wrapped in soft and cosy pyjamas that have been washed in a wonderfully fragrant fabric softener and ready for bed, your little one will not only enjoy the bonding time but will also benefit greatly from the activity.
Don’t let the gargling, mumbling and strange stream of sounds put you off of reading to a toddler that can barely talk. It is during this period of a child’s life that reading will benefit him or her most. From speech development to academic excellence, reading to your toddler yields a multitude of merits. Not only will it lead to stronger development, it will also ensure a stronger relationship between you and your child.
The relaxed and nurturing activity of reading a book together will let your little one slow down and relax after a stimulating day. As your child grows and develops, their curiosity begins to blossom and their interests develop – reading encourages the development of the imagination, whilst assisting in speech and communication.
Settle down and end off your evening with a lively, upbeat children’s book that will allow you to incorporate as much animation into your voice and facial expressions as possible. This will ensure that your child remains interested in the activity.
Throughout toddlerhood, your child will be learning critical language and enunciation skills that can only be nurtured when you read to him or her out loud. If you read a book on a repetitive basis, you will notice that your toddler will independently page through the book and babble with delight.
Although this will melt your heart, it is an imperative pre-literacy activity.
Through these little habits, a child will learn the basics of reading a book – a child is not born with the innate knowledge of how to read; it is a process that is learnt and perfected through practice. He or she will also master the basics of the language that is spoken at home.
Storytime will also help your little one with major transitional phases – if you are struggling to explain a situation or you want them to understand a notion, engage in a story that will help them understand you.
This can apply to the concept of sharing their toys. The power of reading will be seen when your little one begins with their schooling career – they will display a higher aptitude for learning, they will manage to grasp the concepts of math and science and deal with social situations in a composed manner.
Little ones who have had their parents read to them during their formative years are more likely to read a book than play video or television games.
Cuddle up with a warm blanket that has been washed in a baby fabric softener that will evoke a sense of calm and tranquillity. Incorporate storytime into your daily routine – it will become a precious moment in your busy day. Let your toddler’s face light up, indulge in their giggle and enjoy the bonding experience of reading to your little one.