What to do with this activity?
For reading, some books have a little character like a duck, a ladybird or a cat that turns up on every page. Your one and two year old will love finding pictures of the character in the book as you turn each page.
When reading, put on a different voice for each character if it's a story book. If your child isn't paying attention, don't force it. A little reading time often is the best idea, even before your child can understand the content.
Your local library will have lots of books for your child, and it's free to join.
Also, Barnardos Ireland has a guide to good books for 0-5 year olds which you can download here for free. If any of the books look like fun, ask your librarian if they can find it for you.
Why am I doing this?
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.
How can I do more?
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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