Reading

Stories with family benefit everyone

January 22, 2019

We just love this special moment captured on camera between 18 month-old Edgar and his granny.

You can see them both relishing the experience and it’s also clear Granny knows exactly how to make the most of her time with her grandson.

Here’s what we love:

Position

When you’re sharing a story and having a chat, you can heighten interaction and learning if your little one can see your face, expressions and can make eye contact with you. Young children learn language by hearing and seeing you speak. This is especially important when sharing stories with babies and toddlers.

Pause and point

Linking words to pictures enhances understanding and increases vocabulary. Slowing down gives children time to respond and absorb new information.

There’s no right or wrong way to share a book but pausing on a page your little one is interested in is a great way to build more conversation and interaction into the experience. Take a moment to ask a question or make a comment. Invite your little one to do so too. It’s not an interruption, it’s slowing down so your child can more easily learn.

Encourage interaction

Asking open ended questions and giving your little one time to respond helps them to learn about turn taking in conversations

“What type of animal is that?” “What does an Elephant do”

Repetition

This is a well worn book which has been shared over and over. Young children love sharing their favourite stories repeatedly. The more times they hear it, the more likely they’ll be keen to join in and “read” with you.