Before You Were Born

You were picking up a lot of information from the outside world. Of course outside world is in this instance both figurative as well as literal at the same time.

Love of reading starts early, the earlier the better. Reading to your child is one of the most important steps in helping them develop, not only a love for reading but their mental development and assimilation of information.

On PBS you can expect to find a lot of great resources that are ideal for the family. The section that I just linked to has a lot of wonderful information that you can use as a new parent.

Here are a couple of the tips, but I highly suggest that you read the full page of suggestions.

  • Read together every day.

    Read to your child every day. Make this a warm and loving time when the two of you can cuddle close together. Bedtime is an especially great time for reading together.

  • Give everything a name.

    You can build comprehension skills early, even with the littlest child. Play games that involve naming or pointing to objects. Say things like, “Where’s your nose?” and then, “Where’s Mommy’s nose?” Or touch your child’s nose and say, “What’s this?”

  • Say how much you enjoy reading together.

    Tell your child how much you enjoy reading with him or her. Look forward to this time you spend together. Talk about “story time” as the favorite part of your day.

  • Know when to stop.

    If your child loses interest or has trouble paying attention, just put the book away for a while. Don’t continue reading if your child is not enjoying it.

  • Be interactive.

    Engage your child so he or she will actively listen to a story. Discuss what’s happening, point out things on the page, and answer your child’s questions. Ask questions of your own and listen to your child’s responses.

  • Talk about writing, too.

    Draw your child’s attention to the way writing works. When looking at a book together, point out how we read from left to right and how words are separated by spaces.

There are a lot of things, small things, that a parent can do to help their child thrive. Reading to them before and after birth is one of those special things that can be useful in their developmental progress.

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