Monday, September 6, 2010

Stanley and Tyke Reading Tips for September

Between 0-5 months a baby's development is mostly based on language and social interaction. She will respond to voices, may start to laugh, mimic sounds, enjoy eye contact, study faces, turn his he's head to who's talking, and watch your mouth's movements. However, this doesn't mean it is too early to read to your new born baby. At this age, try these literacy activities:

* Rad aloud to her everyday
* Hold your infant close and talk or sing to him softly
* When she coos or babbles, repeat the sounds she makes
* Play classical music for him to listen to
* Show your baby high contrast pictures (black & white)
* Read board books with simple bright colors. Photos of babies are also a favorite

By 6-9 months your baby's development will include different volumes of sound and pitches as they imitate speech. You may even notice her exhibiting moods with varied sounds or trying to form words such as dada and mama. At this age, trying these literacy activities will help your baby's every growing social interaction and language skills:

* When he coos or babbles, make a different sound to see if your baby tries to mimic you
* Read nursery rhymes
* "Ham it up" when you read to her and very the volume and tone of your voice

Live is always interesting with a baby around and by 10-12 months your baby will be doing all sorts of things. You may notice he jabbers word-like sounds while sitting in his car seat, most likely she is saying dada and mama to the right parent instead of anyone, she may even say simple words like dog and bye-bye, play patty-cake, he may wave to people, and even point to things she wants. At this age, try these literacy activities to help instill the love a reading for lifetime:

* Always read everyday to your baby even for 10 minutes
* Talk to your child when you're playing together
* Have fun with nursery rhymes and songs, especially those with actions (I'm a Little Tea Pot is a favorite)
* Always respond in some way when he says something
* Have books she loves to read with you on long trips or at doctor appointments
* Try to limit TV time

There is no country in the world which has successfully educated its children without involving its homes. Making the parents a child's first and best teacher much become a reality. The earlier you begin reading to your child, the more skilled they will be as they become readers themselves. No matter what your baby or child's age, reading aloud to him is the most important thing you can do to help improve his literacy development.

You are your baby's first teacher! You will be the one who will make the difference in your child's life.

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