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Shall we read a story?

Reading to young children is known to be extremely beneficial for learning, communication skills and emotional development. 

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Reading to your child is one of the most important things you can do with them

  • Reading to very young children helps them to learn the words of their language and associate them with things in the world.

  • Books can introduce young children to things and situations outside of their normal life, like strange animals and faraway places.

  • Reading to babies and young children encourages closeness with you, their parents, and promotes the special bond between you.

  • Stories can help children understand other people’s emotions, help them predict outcomes and fuel their imagination.


Tips for Reading to Toddlers

  • As well as reading the book's title and text, describe some of the pictures or events shown on each page of the book. Keep it fairly simple for small babies; they will often try to turn the page when they want to see the next bit.

  • As your child gets older, point out some detail and say the word. Or ask them to point to something that you think they know.

  • Don’t forget to point out colours when reading books to your child.

  • Make sure that you have some soft books or board books that you can leave at hand so that they can explore them on their own. Young children should be encouraged to choose their own books and have a special place in their room to keep them.


Tips for Reading to Older Toddlers and Pre-School Aged Children

  • As your child grows and their knowledge increases, introduce more complex stories but don’t forget their old favourites. Children like the predictability of a book they have heard a hundred times.

  • When reading to your young children, leave space in between your speech to encourage comments and questions. You could also try missing out words and leaving gaps for your child to answer, perhaps pointing at the picture instead. Rhyming books are great for this because it is easier for your child to guess the last word of a sentence.

  • When reading a story, ask your child what they think might happen next or how a particular character is feeling.


By Claudia Valdes

Pre-Nursery Tadpoles Class Teacher