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Even very young children love seeing animals, either for real, in picture books or on TV. You might get a chance to go to an open farm or a petting zoo together, and see some animals close up. Notice with your child all the different kinds of noises that animals make.
The sound an animal makes is often represented in children's books using nonsense words. For instance, the sound a cow makes is usually written as "moooo". You have to say it in a cow accent to make it sound like a cow!
Enjoy this animal sounds video song from Kids TV123 together. It's fun to watch and sing along with. Also, your child will begin to learn that sounds can be shown as letters of the alphabet and words.
Sharing stories play an important role in a child’s development. They not only help children learn language and reading skills but they also have an emotional quality which can help children make sense of their feelings. Reading to babies and young children, and giving them time to respond, will help make the most of this opportunity. Recognising shapes will help your child to learn to read later on.
The most important thing is that reading is fun and enjoyable for both of you – five minutes can be enough. Just turn off the TV and find a quiet place so there are no distractions. And remember stories are not just found in books, it’s just as good to tell your child short, simple stories you know.
Remember, you’re not teaching your child to read. You learn to talk a long time before you learn to read, and sharing stories and giving your child time to respond is a wonderful way to help your child’s language development.
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