Books have been a part of our daughter’s life since before she was born. When I was pregnant, we started reading to Quinn. We wanted her to know our voices and to learn to love the soft cadence that accompanies a good book.
As a special education teacher and former reading intervention teacher, I believe strongly in the power of early learning and early literacy. Reading to our children is invaluable. They learn literacy, syntax, cadence, grammar, vocabulary, spelling, language, imagination and so much more, all while being read to.
Integrating Reading into Your Child’s Routine
We make sure to have books all over the house. In our living room we have a bin of library books in addition to several shelves devoted to our daughter’s books. In her room there are books in three different places. They are easily visible and accessible, as we want her to be able to read or “play” with them as much as she wants. We want reading to be associated with fun! Heck, we even have a special book for bath time!.
Early on, your child may not always be looking as you read and if you’re like me, sometimes that may drive you nuts. But I have to remind myself that there is power in not just seeing the text and pictures but in listening as well. Our daughter Quinn is almost 15 months old (how this is possible, I do not know!); today she let me read her almost all of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs at nap time, but yesterday she barely let me get through Snuggle Puppy, her favorite book. I learned early that persistence is key. We read to Quinn before naps and bedtime and anywhere in between. Whether it is for 30 seconds or 30 minutes, exposure to a variety of texts is so essential.
Libraries Aren’t Just for Big Kids
It’s never too early to take your child to the library for story time or to explore and check out books. Check out your local library to see what kids activities they offer; I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!
For those local to Columbus, OH, check out the following library resources:
- 4 Nature-Themed Story Times Around Columbus from What Should we Do Today?
- 4 Story Times to Check out In Columbus
- Columbus Metropolitan Library Schedule of Events
- Delaware County Library Story Times
- Worthington Libraries Schedule of Events
Check out 25 Must-Read Books for Babies & Toddlers!
We even had guests sign Dr. Seuss’s Happy Birthday, Baby! at Quinn’s first birthday party. It’s that much more special when we read this book to her along with all of the personalized notes from loved ones.
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