Follow these simple steps to get your toddler to love words
All children love listening to stories, and if you give them a positive experience early on, they’ll start to learn their ABC without even realising it. “The aim is to make book-reading and story-telling as much fun as say, playing in the park,” says Rebecca Green of the National Literacy Trust’s website Early Reading Connects.
“Never make learning a chore – sing songs or use rhyme and role-play. And if your child can’t sit still, get his attention in another way.
"If he loves trains, for example, go to a railway station, then look at books about trains.”
Bored with reading the same old book to your child? “Try not to be,” says Rebecca. “If your child keeps bringing you the same book, it’s because it’s captured his interest so follow his lead.
Children learn from repetition and by reading the same book over and over again, he may grow to recognise words that way.” Try pointing out a letter and asking your child if he can spot the same one anywhere else on the page. But remember, if your child doesn’t want to play that game, don’t force it or you risk ruining his love of reading early on!
Take a book with you and share it while you wait in a queue or sit on the bus.
Annette Maloney, health visitor
Helping your child to concentrate will bring him big benefits as he’ll be able to learn and absorb more efficiently, get more out of nursery or school, and enjoy puzzles, games, arts and crafts more.
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