At Bowen Hills Early Learning, we believe in the power of story time. There really is something magical about snuggling up together and sharing a new adventure. It can be the perfect time to bond with your little ones and help them learn at the same time.
Just by reading to them you are acting as a model for sounds and emotions as well as helping them to understand the value of books! The benefits of reading with your child are endless, so why not use one or two of these ideas for each book you read and make story time as fun and as interactive as possible.
Find a comfy corner in your house where both you and your child can snuggle up and read stories together! It’s always best to go somewhere quiet and with few distractions to allow your child to be able to hear your voice.
Encourage your child to make funny noises and repeat word and phrases or try to talk about the pictures and relate them back to your child’s own life. Something that’s familiar to them and that they can relate to is always a great way to encourage their involvement.
Let them choose
Even the youngest of children have preferences in books. It might be the engaging story, intriguing illustrations, or the way the words sound when read aloud. While this may mean you read a book so many times you have it memorised, it will keep your child excited to read.
Keep engaging even after the book is finished
Is there a faraway land in the book? Show your child where it is on a map. Or maybe you and your child can draw the characters in the book. The possibilities are endless, so it is up to you to get creative!
While helping children to develop essential literacy and reading skills, reading stories spark children’s imaginations and create memories that last a lifetime. Every month at Bowen Hills Early Learning, we bring in a published children’s author to read to our students. Parents are invited to listen and play with their children as they escape into the world of children’s literature. Contact us today for more information or to Register for Storytelling.
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