When you have a preschooler at home, you have a valuable opportunity to help them learn to read with the right attitude. The foundation you set at this early stage of life will determine in large measure their attitudes toward reading and learning.
You can begin reading with your newborn within days of welcoming them home. Not only is this a special time to bond and snuggle for the two of you, it instills in them a love for books. If children do not learn from an early age to enjoy reading, it will most likely hinder their ability sometime down the road.
Remember that your example as a reader means a lot to your children. When they see you read, and when they can sit in your lap and listen as you read something at their level of understanding, they will learn that it is cool and fun to read.
Take your pre-schooler to one of Singapore’s public libraries. Many public libraries often offer “story time” where you can sit with your kids and listen to a story. Let them pick out some books from the children’s section to take home and read together.
Here are a few suggestions for the types of books to read to your child.
•Birth-1 Year: Lullabies, Song Books
•1 Year-3 Years: Rhyming Books, Song Books, Short-Stories
•3 Years-5 Years: Alphabet Books, Song Books, Picture Books, Rhyming Books, Short-Stories
Most importantly, have fun!
Check out the other articles in our Bond Over Reading series:
- Read with Your Preschooler!
- Grow a Love of Reading in Your Primary School Child
- Bond Over Reading with Your Secondary School Children
- Gift Your Child with a Love of Reading