I am a mom of a 2-year-old toddler and I am looking for ways to develop her love for reading. She seems to show an interest in books but loses attention quickly. I want to encourage her to read more and develop a lifelong love for books. What are some tips or strategies that have worked for you in getting your toddler interested in reading? Any recommendations for books that toddlers love? I am open to any suggestions or advice. Thank you in advance!
As a mother of a toddler, I have found that incorporating books with complementary activities has helped my child develop an interest in reading. For example, we read books about animals and then create crafts or coloring pages featuring those animals. We also perform experiments and cook recipes that follow a story from a book, making the reading session a multi-sensory experience.
In addition, we encourage our child to make their own books, using construction paper and crayons to illustrate simple stories or ideas. This helps to develop their imagination and creativity, increasing their excitement about books and reading.
Another thing that has worked for us is to expose my child to a wide array of books from various genres. We have found that introducing books that follow different themes such as counting, animals, shapes, colors, and nature, helps to keep the reading fresh and exciting while promoting cognitive growth.
Lastly, we have made reading a bonding activity by involving the family members in the reading sessions. My husband and I have read stories to our child at bedtime, and we have also designated grandparents to read to her over video calls.
Every child is unique, and it might take some trial and error to discover what works best for your child. But one thing is for sure, encouraging your child to read from an early age is crucial for their cognitive and intellectual development.