When providing child care for children from suburbs like Wellard, we go out of our way to keep them happy and help them grow. Along the way, we have read numerous studies on how to help children learn, how to keep them happy and how to help them develop high self-esteem. We also know a great deal about simple steps parents can take to help their child develop.
One of the most important things you can do for your preschooler as a parent is to read with them. When you are reading with your preschooler every day, talking, telling stories and singing, it helps them develop intellectually and emotionally. Your child is becoming more familiar with language, sounds, words and stories.
Because they are doing it with you, they learn to value books and reading. It helps their literacy skills now and sets them up for a lifetime of reading and learning. When you read stories, you turn on your child’s imagination. You help your child learn about the outside world. Most of all, though, you are sharing time and bonding with your child.
Believe it or not, there is no such thing as “too early” to start reading to your child. Research indicates the earlier the better. You can start while they are still babies. Even if they can’t understand you yet, the seeds of language, thought and bonding are being planted.
Helping Preschoolers Learn when Reading to Them
When reading aloud to your child, have them trace the fingers along the words as you read them. You can teach them how to do this by moving their fingers for them at first. When you read, make it exciting. Don’t use a monotone. Ask your child questions about the story, like what has happened so far and what is happening next.
Remember: don’t be pushy. The main point is to have fun while introducing your child to stories and language. The habit you build and the bond you create will last a lifetime.
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To learn more or to arrange for child care in the Perth area, call your nearest Cuddles Childcare Centre today.