Children are full of imagination from a young age. They ask the wildest of questions such as “why do we eat?” and “why is the sun so hot?”. While we sort of know the answers, we probably couldn’t explain all the science behind why we eat or why the sun blazes so hot. That’s because our children are born to explore, they’re born to discover and find out new things.

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Read Your Child Bedtime Stories

Teaching your child to read begins at the infancy stage. Get used to reading them stories at bedtime and make sure to leave each one at a cliffhanger (assuming they haven’t fallen asleep!) to keep their imaginations running. You want to them guess what happens next, and you want to keep their minds active.

But you don’t have to just read them stories at bedtime. If they’re curious and like the stories you read them, then it’s perfectly fine to read to them at any time as a fun activity. If you’re wondering what kind of books are suitable, then check out BookPagez.com for some inspiration. You want to have books with plenty of colourful illustrations and large letters so it’s easy for your child to follow along.

Here are some ideas for what to read to your child:

  • 0-12 Months: Song books, lullabies, pop-up books
  • 12 – 36 Months: Rhymes, short stories, song books
  • 36 – 60 Months: Alphabet books, picture books, short stories, fablesscreen-shot-2016-12-01-at-8-45-30-pm(Image Source)
  • Ask Your Child Questions While Reading Have your child engage in the story by asking questions when there are opportunities. You need to make sure that your child has some understanding of what you’re reading them so they’re not just looking at pictures and giggling! If they don’t understand yet, then perhaps it’s a bit too early to start reading to them, or maybe the book is a bit too difficult.Have your child sound out words and attempt to read certain words or letters. Ask them questions such as “what word is this?” or point to something in the pictures and ask “do you know what this is?”. When your child is a little older, then ask questions to spur their imagination such as “where is the cat going?” or “why is the rabbit running?”.

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Set an Example

There’s no use trying to convince your child to read if you don’t read either! We’re role models to our children, so we need to set an example and do the things we want our child to do. Invest in a book (or a Kindle!) and read as a pastime. If your child is curious, then invite them to sit on your lap and read a bit out to them. Of course, they most likely won’t understand most of the words, but their curiosity is a good sign of things to come!

But it doesn’t always have to be a novel. It could be a non-fiction book, a magazine, or even the newspaper. Show your children that there’s more to reading than just fantasy stories. Daily news articles are a great way to interact with your child. Ask them questions, tell them about news happening around the world, and spark their interest.

 

This is a collaberative post with Yourorganichild.com