BEST STARTS FOR KIDS
Every evening as part of my children's night time ritual I read to them. Sometimes I lay in bed with them and I read them book after book. I frequently reread their favourites and usually tried to introduce a new book a night as well.
Both my husband and I modeled reading ourselves as part of our everyday lives. We shared things we'd learnt from books both with our children and with each other.
IDEA: Instead of buying a birthday card put a birthday message inside a book's cover, that way the child can reread your message over and over, even in many years time.
If you encouraged people to give a book for your child's baby shower and then another as a birth gift instead of a card and you have twenty friends/ family members who would normally write a card for each of the occasions that means your child will have begun their life with forty books.
If you include books in every birthday or Christmas present around areas of your child's interest you're supporting their love of reading.
I've devised my favourites from those suitable, from around the age of 1 year onwards.
Go to the link My Favourite Children's Books below:
The best parenting advice I have regarding reading is to do it every day at roughly the same time, where possible. Children begin to look forward to spending positive time with you, especially if you make it fun and interesting.
If you support your children with reading, their love of reading can begin very early in life.
I started reading to my children as soon as I could prop them up in my lap and it helped set up a love for the written word and learning in general.
There are an abundance of wonderful children's books available to use with young children.
I'd never thought about how many children' s books were available in my home until a visiting child counted them. She said there were over six hundred.
There's a trend to build early learning around children's interests which is great. However at the age of three and four, children's life experience can be somewhat limited, so books can be a great way of expanding children's knowledge, skills and understanding.
A child can relive a real life experience or extend a real life experience through books.
Board books and plastic books were a great way to start.
Many of the plastic ones have interesting features such as pages that make crunching or rustling noises and children enjoy exploring them and putting them in their mouths. Although I'm becoming more reluctant to use plastic due to the environmental cost, they have the advantage of being able to be rinsed off and dried which board books can't be.
And I regularly read to my children while I fed them.
At around six months, while they were still too young to feed themselves with a spoon, reading kept them occupied between mouthfuls.
I have prepared a large assortment of books that I particularly found useful and you will notice I've attempted to cover a wide variety of considerations when choosing children's books.
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