Very Early Readers (Birth – 2 yrs)
Learning to read is not easy and takes time. Many parents wonder on the best ways to help their kids learn to read. With 8 grandkids under 9, we have various levels of reading going on in our family. Ranging in age from 7 months to “newly 9” we have very early readers to advanced readers.
I created the following list to make it a little easier for my adult children to have a few “reading ideas” to help their kiddos. Reading is very comprehensive and therefore, there is a wide range of activities at each level. The important thing to remember is reading builds on foundational skills. Therefore, each level is important for reading success. Don’t worry if your more advanced reader wants to do a lower level. Even advanced readers can continue to learn and grow from some of the Very Early Reader list activities. This week we start with our very early readers.
Very Early Readers (Birth to 2 yrs.)
- Read together every day. Uninterrupted 2 minutes of time is time well spent.
- Keep a book or magazine with you all the time to read with your child. Every minute counts.
- Re-read a favorite – Kids love to hear books again. Repeated reading helps kids read more quickly and accurately. It helps promote their reading confidence. Research shows that repeated reading builds language skills.
- Read with fun in your voice. Why not use different voices for different characters. A little acting can go a long way!
- Let your child choose —Give your child the chance to pick his/her own books. Letting children choose their own books nurtures independence and their own interests.
- Read it and Experience it — Help your child make the connection between what he/she reads in books and what happens in life. If you’re reading a book about animals, for example, relate it to last month’s trip to the zoo.
- Make books and reading into something special by taking your kids to the library, helping them get their own library card, reading with them, and buying them books as gifts.
- Have a favorite place for books in your home, or even better, put books everywhere!
- Talk about what you see and do together.
- Talking about everyday activities helps your child’s background knowledge, which is crucial to listening and reading comprehension
- You can play games that involve naming or pointing to objects.
- Say silly tongue twisters—Sing sings and read rhyming books. These help kids become sensitive to the sounds in words.
- When you read aloud, read with expression.
Coming Next Week: Preschool Readers (2 to 5 years)
Coming in 2 Weeks: School Age Readers and Writers (5 to 9 years)