When you become a mom, you have so many questions for your baby and one of the big questions is when should we start reading for your baby?
Reading books to your little one is a good habit and it should be started as early as possible, if you remember everyone saying us during pregnancy we should start reading good books and listening nice music and shlokas. This was because your baby starts listening you from the womb.
Sharing few tips for reading to your child as per her age:
0-3 months your baby is small, not able to sit. You can hold your baby and read and talk to her, sing her rhymes.
3-6 months babies start looking at objects and can see & understand different shapes as well as pictures. They tend to touch different surfaces in order to explore and so you can use nice picture books with varying textures.
6-12 months babies start sitting alone and love to explore more. They will try to hold the book and most probably try to eat it too. Try getting colorful hardbound books with small words and pictures during this time.
1-2 year baby is now big enough to hold books and choose his/her favorite book from their mini library. They can now flip papers of her book and ask you to read. They would love to ask questions to you from the book and start recognizing the books’ pictures with objects and living beings around them and often would let you know what they saw in the book.
You can always try doing small activities with them, asking to bring the items shown in picture from objects around them. Match fruits and vegetables, animals and toys & so on.
3+ babies can ask you to tell a story that is there in the books and ask you many questions related to the story. You can start with numbers and letters recognizing and counting objects in the books. You can start with good habits books and books related to the school and family/ friends, as they would love to hear about the activities happening around them and enjoy creating their own stories.
How reading helps your baby
Reading books helps your baby recognize sounds and rhythm.
Reading is a fun activity that creates a bond with the baby and comforts him/her..
You can make a schedule for reading books at night or during the day.
Reading regularly to babies helps in improving language skills and they show interest in reading when they start preschool.
Reading with actions and singing attract them and they learn to show and let you know, how they feel, what they see and so on. It helps babies communicate better.
What kind of books to choose?
For babies you can choose cloth books and touch & feel books.
For toddler’s you can try books with different sounds and fold-outs, when they can see different surprises as they open the folds or press the object.
Toddlers start learning from their surrounding and show interest in the objects around them, so you can get them body parts books, fruits-vegetables books, animal story books.
Preschool kids love listening to rhymes and doing small activities while reading books. So you can get books of small stories with pictures.
Kids later start showing their interest in long stories and learning numbers and the alphabet so you can get story books and learning books.
I have a toddler and she loves reading books, and while I was searching for new books, I found about Neev academy and their Literature festival.
Neev academy is organizing a literature festival, which is happening in Bangalore on 28th and 29th of September. It is a children’s literature festival with the intention to celebrate books and the love of reading. The second day is open to all parents, students or anyone who loves to read.
Distinguished authors and speakers are coming in for various reading, writing, storytelling workshops and panel discussions. It would be great to be part of this festival and learn more from the authors and speakers.
I have one more good news for all of you, they are organizing Neev Book Awards 2018 for distinguished children’s literature.
They aim to recognize outstanding writing that leads to a fuller understanding of India, Indian lives and Indian stories. The nominated entries can be viewed at http://neevliteraturefestival.org/awards.
The best part is that it’s completely free. One can view the program schedule on their website: http://neevliteraturefestival.org/
So, what are you waiting for? It’s a great way to introduce your child to the world of books and enjoy learning with fun.
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