Monday, 9 March 2009

We Love Books

I was busy working all morning and the little ones were in their room playing (One of the advantages of having twins, they have each other to play with so you can get on with doing other things).

As I could hear lots of giggling and funny noises from their room, I got curious and sneaked into their room to have a peek at what they were doing.
There they were, sitting in the corner amongst all their books, "reading". They were in deep "conversation" with each other, pointing and signing to each other.
It was so amazing to see, so sweet.

Some tips on how to encourage your child to read :
  • Try reading to your child as often as you can. Make it part of your daily routine.
  • Make it a fun experience. Use funny voices, gestures or sign to them if you use baby signing.
  • Choose sturdy books so your child can hold and feel the books too.( I have some that are theirs to read by themselves and some, more fragile books, that we only use when we read together. This way, they can read when they want but they still get excited when I am reading with them.)
  • Children learn through repetition. They enjoy reading the same books over and over again. As they grow and learn different things, they will learn and see different things on the pages. ( Rumble in the Djungle by Giles Andreae, David Wojtowycz has been their favourite for at least 6 months ! )
  • You don't have to read the whole book. Each child is different and usually their attention span is still quite short at this age, so maybe reading a whole book with you would be too much for them. Jump to the pages that your child enjoys or maybe skip some words in the book. It is meant to be an enjoyable experience, so don't force your child to be reading with you if he insists on doing something else.
  • And last but not least, set a good example. If your child sees you reading, he may also decide that reading is important.
To view some of our books, click here.

Happy reading !

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