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We’ve all seen the You Tube videos that show a baby pointing to cards as the parent says a word, proving that this tiny child can read. It’s amazing! It’s phenomenal!
It’s also a crock.
Your baby started to hear at about 24 weeks gestation. From that point on, he listened. After birth, babies have been shown to not only recognize their mother’s voice, but also the language that she predominantly spoke while pregnant. It kind of gives a whole new meaning to the term “Mother-Tongue.” Because the baby is inside the mother, he can hear mom’s voice best. So when Mom speaks or reads to baby, it is a continuation of what that baby already knows.
Dr. Pamela High with the American Academy of Pediatrics points out that reading, talking and singing to your infant helps to create new neural synapses that will last throughout the child’s life. These connections not only stimulate the child’s academic skills, but also serve to foster better emotional and social skills later in life.
So, create these beneficial habits while your baby is getting used to living in the outside world. Setting a new routine that involves reading after eating and before bed, is easier to do at this point than when your child is older. It also helps your child learn to bond to both you and books. Let’s face it, if you read to your child after she has eaten and before she goes to sleep, she learns to associate the act of reading with security, closeness and having all her needs met. This will encourage her to seek books during times of stress later in life.
So for the first three months, read what you want to read. Share your favorite books, plays or poems with their baby. The rhythm of Shakespeare or the power of Browning’s words will have no impact on your child. But the reverence and joy you exhibit as you share what you love will shine through.
Words are becoming much more important between you and your child. To encourage early reading skills, this is when you need to introduce books. Board books and strong plastic books are great for this age. Babies at this age view everything as a full sensory experience. So they are not just interested in what a book “says,” but also how it feels, what it smells like, what it tastes like and the sound it makes when it falls to the floor.
Because language is becoming more important to your child, you need to consider the types of language you read. Books for babies are all designed to fit easily in little hands. If your child can’t hold the book by herself, put it away until she is older.
All three types of books are good for your little one, but you need to know when to “read” each book.
This is when whole language really takes off. For the first several months of life, your baby has been a sponge for language, but by the sixth month, she will want to start trying to be understood. Babbling takes off and your child will start making every sound of the language spoken in the home. In order to help your child prepare for reading, you have to help her see that the sounds she hears have a visual component. The easiest way to do this is through sign language. As soon as your baby can sit up independently, she is ready to learn baby signs.
Then give your baby another piece of food. When he wants another bite, ask the same question. This time, take his hands in your own and pull them apart. Then say “Oh, you want more?” and give him another bite. Within just a few bites, your baby will understand that the gesture gets him “more.” Now, just like in speech, he hasn’t learned how to control his fine motor skills. So, his sign will probably be more like bashing two fists together than the nuanced sign you can make. But that’s all right.
This is also a great age to introduce the alphabet. Go ahead, sing the alphabet song. As you sing the song, point to the letters in a book, puzzle or toy. You can also use the manual alphabet, making the sign for each letter. These activities will help your baby start to associate the name of the letter with the visual image.
Books become more important to this age group. The visual board books with simple images are more interactive at this age. You can ask your child to point to the cat or the car. When she is closer to a year, you can ask her to find specific images in a familiar book and she should be able to turn pages to find the correct picture.
This group also begins to enjoy books that have rhythm and rhyme. So, simple poems such as nursery rhymes are a great option. If you can find books that pair the rhymes with simple illustrations, that is even better. Then, after you read about “Little Boy Blue,” you can point to the picture and involve your child. But don’t forget simple rhymes that encourage interaction. “This Little Piggy,” is a wonderful way to explore rhythm and rhyme with your child. But it also allows your child to explore prediction and even literary tension. After all, we’re all waiting for “wee wee wee all the way home.” However, the exploration all takes place in a safe context. This helps your child prepare for longer stories with deeper tension.
Because language is becoming more important, books should become more important too. Don’t just limit reading to bedtime, when your child is tired and may have a hard time paying attention. The American Academy of Pediatrics encourages parents to set aside some time during the day for reading. Choose a time when your child is fresh and content with few distractions. This encourages your child to focus on the book and explore all it has to offer. Read for only a few minutes to start. If your child becomes restive or wants to get down, let her. At no time should you force your child to listen to a book. But it is also important to teach your child to focus. That means that if your child gets down or wants to play, close the book. Don’t try to continue reading when your child is moving on to other things, and don’t ever make reading a story background noise for your child’s play.
By a year your child should have the following pre-reading experiences:
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