Reading Tips – 12 to 24 Months

Reading, and the love of reading, begins at home. Below you’ll find tips for reading to your child at any stage during their first five years.

Read to your child in two languages, if you are bilingual, so that he/she can start learning two languages from an early. age. Bilingual kids are better at problem solving, tend to be more creative, and have an easier time focusing, which helps them to do better in school.

12 to 24 months

At this age, babies are beginning to understand words. Reading is now more important than ever, because the more you read to your baby, the better his or her vocabulary will be.

While reading, talk about the pictures in the books, stop and ask questions, and help your child make connections between the book and his or her daily experiences.

Sturdy books with textures, sounds and music are great for babies at this age. Don’t be afraid to let your baby touch the books or put them in his or her mouth. Exploring the feel of the books is another way for babies to learn about shapes and objects.

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