Helping Your Child Become a Reader, Pt. 4

Reading is not only an essential skill for your child's future success, but it can also be a fun and enriching activity for both of you to enjoy together. Whether you're a first-time parent or a seasoned caregiver, reading aloud to your child can be a great way to bond and stimulate their imagination.

When you read to your baby for the first time, it's an exciting step beyond just talking. You can show them pictures and point to them while explaining what they are, helping them understand that words and pictures are connected. It's a great way to start them on the path to a love of books.

It's important to incorporate reading into your daily routine, especially when your child is still a baby. Try to find a quiet time, such as just before bed, to read to your child. Snuggling together while reading can also help them feel close and safe. As your child grows older, you may find they need to move around more while you read, and that's okay. The important thing is to make sure that reading time is a quiet and comfortable experience that your child looks forward to.

As your child grows older, aim to spend at least 30 minutes each day reading together. Start with just a few minutes at a time, several times a day, and then gradually increase the duration. Don't be discouraged if you have to skip a day or don't always keep to your schedule. Just get back to your daily routine as soon as you can. Most of all, make sure that reading stays fun for both of you!

Helping Your Child Become a Reader” is a resource designed by the U.S. Department of Education to help parents and caregivers support the development of reading skills in children. The booklet is available online for free and is a valuable resource for parents who are looking for ways to support their child's literacy development.