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Infusing reading into your little one’s daily routine is a wonderful way to build a solid early language and literacy foundation. Books expose children to many new concepts like vocabulary, speech sounds, rhyming, images, colors, shapes, basic concepts, prepositions, categories, and beyond.
10 Early Literacy Tips That Support Language Development:
- Provide your little one with a variety of different books on many topics.
- Place books in different spots around the house to encourage reading and read often.
- Read books that relate to the current season, holiday or family events to build understanding of these concepts.
- Give your little one lots of opportunities to interact with letters and words. Whether it’s alphabet bath toys, refrigerator magnets, puzzles, pointing out letters and words in their environment, singing the ABC’s or “writing” letters with them on paper.
- When it come to learning about letters keep it fun and functional. Instead of using only drilling or quizzing to support letter learning, incorporate alphabet concepts into play, reading, and fun.
- Follow your child’s interests and point out letters and words that relate to the things they love and talk about them with your kids.
- When you’re in the car, point out signs and look for the first letter in each word. As they get older, you can make it a fun game and go back and forth calling out a letter you see.
- Let your little one explore the books at the level they are at. It’s ok if you don’t always finish a book, if your baby is more interested in chewing on the book, or your toddler just wants to flip the pages. Simply interacting with books in a fun & interactive way is wonderful for little ones!
- Use props like puppets, pictures, stuffed animals and costumes to act out stories from your little one’s favorite book with them.
- Make reading interactive by commenting on and labeling the pictures in the book and asking questions about the book.
Here are a few our favorite books for babies and toddlers:
Check out these posts for more great book suggestions and how they support language development:
- Great Baby Books For Speech and Language Development
- Awesome Animal Books For Early Language Development
- Early Literacy Tips From Awesome Educators!
- Guest post from Bookroo, a wonderful subscription service that delivers awesome books to your door every month!
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