Tips for Engaging Young Readers
• It’s never too early to start reading to your young ones! Even reading to a child in the womb has proven to not only relax them, but promote early language learning in regards to stimulation and brain development as well. Babies are fond of the sound of their parents’ voices, even if they don’t understand the words!
• Dedicated reading time should be free from all disruptions. Be sure you can both focus your attention and are safe from screen or noise distractions.
• Slowing down or pausing also allows your child to focus on the text and try to pick out or sound out words on their own. Figuring out a tough word improves their reading skills, and gives them that sense of satisfaction as well when they do!
• Don’t rush. Take the time to pause and comment on different illustrations or words, and offer commentary or answer questions as they arise. This both promotes engagement as you admire the finer details in an illustration, and encourages your child to actively participate.