Level Up Storytelling Time with Your Child
Nothing is more important than reading aloud together with your child to nurture their linguistic gifts. This is because reading builds the neural connections responsible for language development in your child's growing brain. Reading also creates a strong foundation for your child's cognitive development.
A study published in 2019 involved MRI scans of pre-school age children. The MRI images indicated an increase in the organized white matter involved in developing language and their ability to learn. The study found that limiting screen time and reading to kids younger than five years old boosted brain development.
Start young and stick with it
There's no such thing as "too young" to start reading. Ideally, parents should begin reading to their child as early as possible to reap the full benefits. An infant can already look at pictures, listen to your voice, and point to objects on the pages.
When reading aloud becomes part of their routine, children learn to love the sound of language before reading printed words. Reading aloud also helps stimulate children's imagination while also expanding their understanding of the world. Most important, when the melody and rhythm of language become a part of a child's life, reading will be as natural as walking and talking.
As with everything worth gaining in life, consistency plays a huge role in nurturing your child's development. Even if you only have five minutes to read with your child, don't skip it. Those five minutes will count.
Make a small fort or reading corner
Making a special reading nook that your child loves is one surefire way to encourage them to read. Make it magical by installing string lights or fill the area with throw pillows that feature their favorite characters.
Use finger or sock puppets
One way to keep your child focused on the story is to use interactive storytelling elements like finger or sock puppets. It's also a great way to help your child keep track of which character is speaking.
Cook or bake treats mentioned in the book
Allowing your child to experience eating Dr. Seuss's green eggs and ham or the moist chocolate fudge cake Bruce Bogtrotter ate in Roald Dahl's Matilda doesn't only make reading fun, but it also helps them better understand what certain words mean, especially the adjectives used to describe flavors in the book.
Let your child choose the book
When your child knows that they are free to choose what they want to read, reading becomes less of a chore. And when it comes to nurturing your child's gifts, they mustn't feel like anything is enforced on them.
Furthermore, allowing your child to choose the book makes them empowered. They inherently understand that you trust them to make good choices and, in turn, they will trust you to suggest new books, authors, or genres.
Pick books with rhyme and repetition
According to child experts, rhyme, rhythm, and repetition are essential for the development of language. Repeated exposure helps children remember patterns, novel words, and connect key concepts.
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