What brings parents and children from all over the city to Chandler Public Libraries? Storytime! High Five is a great addition to Storytimes at Chandler Public Library, and introduces five key concepts in early literacy: Talk, Sing, Read, Write, and Play. This month we're highlighting Read.
As the parent of a 0-to-5-year-old, strive to never let the sun set on a book-free day. No, it’s not always going to be easy, but hey, you’re a parent - you gave up on “easy” a while ago. So yes, read to your 0-to-5-year-old every day. Here are just a few tips to get you started on your daily reading sessions.
When reading to an infant, choose board books with few to no words. At this stage, your read-aloud sessions are all about your child hearing the tone of your voice and being physically close to you. As you ham up the animal sounds and perfect your character voices, your child will mentally translate this wonderfully fun time spent with you into the idea that books are fun!
When reading to your toddler, reach for books with lots of repetition and opportunities for interaction. Running your finger under the words every now and again, as you read, helps your toddler understand that you are reading the text, not the pictures.
Your preschooler will, no doubt, begin helping you select books for reading time. When your child suggests the same book over and over and over... read it, over and over. Remember, your own source of reading entertainment is waiting on your nightstand or coffee table. These reading sessions are all about your preschooler. Repeated readings are extremely beneficial. Each time your child accurately predicts what is going to happen next in the story, his or her confidence with books increases. Win!
Regardless of the age of your pre-reader, reading every day is an opportunity to engage and bond with your child and to give him or her the most amazing gift - a genuine love of reading.