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At this age your child might recognise a few alphabet letters, like the first letter of their own name. Maybe you have looked together at picture books that name pictures, for example a picture of an apple and the words "a is for apple".
If your child recognises a few letters, try a fun game of alphabet hide-and-seek. Make a card with a letter that your child recognises and draw a picture that matches the letter. Show your child the card you are going to hide, then hide it somewhere in your home - you could stick it up with blue tack for instance. Get your child to find the letter, bring it to you, and name the picture or letter on the card.
If your child enjoys the game, try it with more than one letter hidden. Plenty of praise and encouragement will give your child confidence.
Reading aloud combines the benefits of talking, listening and storytelling within a single activity and helps to build the foundation for language development. From stories your child learns many things such as how to listen and concentrate, new words and understand why things happen. They also learn to put ideas in order, develop their memory skills, notice how spoken words relate to words on the page and learn how to predict. Reading gives your child a chance to develop their own opinions, build visual skills and learn how to handle books.
If you can spare 10 minutes a day to read with your child you can make a huge difference to their development. You don’t have to read a book, you could read a comic, magazine article or a story you have made up yourself. The most important thing is that you enjoy it, that way your child will too.
Remember a good storybook is one that you the reader and your child find interesting. It might be funny or entertaining. Ask yourself whether your child would enjoy it and be able to listen to it. Are the pictures well drawn? Is it well written? Do you like it? You may be the one reading it, over and over, and over!
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