5 Ways To Make Reading A Part of Life
It's my dream to raise a reader, therefore reading and books are very important around these parts.
My little one loves books – he loves holding them, flipping the pages, listening to stories and words and numbers. I won't lie, as a voracious reader myself, it makes my heart sing to see him marvel at the joy of books.
We know that reading to them early on in life will only do them good. However, babies have short attention spans and if your child is like mine, always grabbing for the book and trying to put it in his mouth, reading to them might be more challenging than fun.
However, all is not lost – here are a few ways I've managed to incorporate reading into our daily lives.
Sit them in your lap
When I first started reading to my baby, I would face him as I wanted him to watch my mouth form the words. What happened instead was that he constantly tried to grab the book, or bend forward to mouth the book. So I started sitting him in my lap. Soon, he associated lap sessions as reading sessions, and would settle in for the duration of at least one book.
Hold the book
My son likes to touch the books and flip the pages, which is totally fine. However, it can be difficult for you to read when you can't actually see the pages, or when he's holding the book upside down. Now, I hold the book firmly, and let him flip the pages at the right moments.
Let them participate
Don't just read. Point out the pictures and words in the book. Guide their hands onto the more tactile and sensory board books. Let them touch the book (while you hold it). Allow them to flip the pages. Don't rush the experience.
Tell the story. Act out the voices of characters. Sing the words, if that suits your fancy. Move your hands, create shapes. Make it fun for both of you.
Make it a habit
Whether you read books as part of a bedtime ritual, or quiet time between naps, make it a daily habit. Babies thrive on routine, and will be more likely to want to be involved when they know what to expect. Having a reading routine will also create a healthy reading habit for them, for when they're old enough to read on their own.
What are your favorite books to read to your little one?
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