10 reading tips for your toddlers
1. Make reading a daily routine
Set a specific time each day to read to your toddler. A one-hour session will be good enough. If his attention span is low, separate the reading into three different times a day, 20 minutes each.
2. Find a quiet setting
Read to your toddler in a room where only your voice can be heard. No phones or computers should be near you to avoid distractions. Toddlers tend to divert their attention to the next sound they hear when they are bored with yours.
3. Make sure there is no distractions
Keep away all his toys and switch off all electronic devices at home. Make sure there is nothing around that could distract your kid when he’s reading. They are very playful and will be sidetracked very easily.
4. Make learning fun
Read to your toddlers by dramatizing the story. Raise and lower your voice for different parts of the stories. Use actions if you have to. Get your spouse to read with you and act it out to your toddler. Toddlers learn better when learning is fun.
5. Visit the library
Your toddler will be inspired when they see other children reading and enjoying themselves at the library. Let him join the other kids. Group learning is fun and beneficial.
6. Get the latest books
Keep your toddlers up to date with the latest books from the bookstores. Keep them up with the other kids in this challenging world.
7. Use visuals
Use a book with lots of pictures. Toddlers understand a story better with images than text. If not, try drawing a simple image and help them picture what you’re talking about exactly.
8. Use different books
The more types of books your toddler is exposed to, the better they can learn. Try travelling books, fairy tales, books about animals and pictured dictionaries.
9. Bedtime stories
It’s best to read to your toddler before bedtime (and naptime) when they are at their calmest. It’s more likely that your kid will run wild during the day and won’t even sit still for 2 minutes.
10. Keep the reading short and simple
Toddlers are too young to understand long sentences, not to mention their short attention span. Keep your sentences short and sweet. They catch interesting keywords better.