Make reading a routine with your child

- We’ve all heard First 5 California’s “Talk. Read. Sing.” campaign, and we know the importance of reading and its impact on early brain development and the building of vocabulary and communication skills.

Here are some fun and easy tips on how you can incorporate more reading into your daily routines:

-Be a reading role model! Let your child see you reading often for pleasure – demonstrate that it’s a fun habit. At this age, little ones emulate everything you do. This is a great routine for them to follow!

-Toddlers often can’t sit still for story time. Don’t be discouraged! Even the sound of your reading voice is beneficial to your children. Keep at it – don’t give up on reading aloud even if it seems like your kids aren’t paying attention. And be sure to start reading right from birth – it is never too early.

-Plan a family book night where everyone chooses their favorite books to read together.

-Ask your older children to read to the younger ones. The older kids will be proud to show off their skills – and the younger ones will want to read just like their older siblings.

-Teach kids the different parts of a book – the front and back cover, the page numbers, author, illustrator, etc. This helps them understand books and helps in learning how to read.

-Make reading accessible to your kids by filling baskets or the bottom of a bookshelf with kid-friendly books that are easy for them to reach anytime.

-Tuck a book into your purse or diaper bag so you’re always ready with a book to read when you’re stuck waiting in line or at the doctor’s office.

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