“Reading and storytelling with your child promotes brain development and imagination, teaches your child about language and emotions, and strengthens your relationship. You don’t always need to read books. Try looking at picture books, singing rhymes and songs, or telling stories from your culture. Babies and young children often enjoy books, songs and stories with good rhyme, rhythm and repetition. Anytime is a good time for a book or story! Try to share at least one book or story each day.”© 2006-2019 Raising Children Network (Australia) Limited.
When I first started working with Ellie, she was only 10 months old. Reading became a welcomed activity in our day. Taking a break from the constant surveillance of a baby on the move, exploring every nook and cranny of the house. (And finding the most dangerous objects to fall against!)
As a direct result of spending time, reading and participating in 1 to 1 interactions – it’s very clear that Ellie (currently 29months old) has a fantastic vocabulary. This is often commented on when we are out and about in the area! (Firstly because she is a total chatterbox, and secondly because upon asking her age – she is noticeably advanced.)
Her daily exposure to letters, phonics, words and sounds means that Ellie has acquired language quickly and is able to communicate well with people around her. Rather than being frustrated, lashing out and appearing naughty; she is able to communicate her wants and needs with her care givers.
Doing something that is beneficial for your children can also be equally as beneficial for you too! Take a little time out of the day, grab a quiet hour in a cosy seat and let your imaginations soar in the pages of your favourite stories!