The art of reading to children
Many of us find the idea of reading to children quite daunting and you will often hear people remark that it is something they could not possibly do!.
Why not? Children will not be critical because they simply love sharing a story and will eagerly climb up next to you.
If you are feeling apprehensive, here are some great tips for you to use, but the most important one is to simply relax and enjoy yourself – you will not get marked out of 10 for your efforts!
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Children will start getting interested in books at 12-18 months of age and will often go and fetch one of their books to look at.
Encourage them to do so and set aside sometime each day to enjoy a book together. A book before bedtime is the classic way to settle children before they sleep.
As well as being relaxing for both of you, you will be nurturing a love of reading in your child that could well stay with them a lifetime. Choose the books to read carefully because if you try and read a book you don’t like, or it bores you, your child will sense this very quickly!
The art of reading to children – 11 helpful steps
Introduce new books to your child regularly. Start visiting the library, or regularly pop into your local charity shop to if any suitable books have been donated. Always keep one tucked out of sight in case you ever need to soothe a big disappointment.
Very quickly, you and your child will have several favourite books that you will read together countless times, but interestingly, they will become so loved that your child will be almost word perfect and will certainly spot if you try to shorten the story to hurry things up!