Did you know that during the first five years of a child's life, the brain grows and
develops at a rapid rate?
A parent can help nurture their child's brain development with healthy foods, a safe
place to live and lots of love and attention. This attention may be shared with a
child by reading books, singing songs, and telling stories. Research has shown that
proper and continued nurturing can increase a child's IQ by 10 or more points.
Reading Tips for parents that will make reading to their child as easy
as learning their
regular time to read, like bedtime.
ooks that are fun and promote
good health habits.
hange your voice to go with the story;
use low and high tones.
elight in your child's participation; take turns reading pages or have your child
turn as you read.
ncourage questions about the story. Who was your favorite
character? Did you like the story? Why?
oster a love for reading by reading yourself. Children often
copy their parent's behavior.
rant easy access to books by keeping children's books in your
home. The local library is a great place to start.
SOME GUIDELINES FOR CHOOSING CHILDREN'S BOOKS
Interest. Books should be interesting to your child.
Listen to your
child as they're playing, having conversations, or asking questions, to learn what
Expand. Find books that expand your child's outlook.
Children readily add
words they hear to their vocabulary...and the story, plus the illustrations, will
help them understand the meaning behind the words.