Providing experiences and support that make language and literacy accomplishments possible for young children is one of your most important functions as an early childhood professional. Young children need a lot of exposure to verbal as well as printed language.
Reading aloud to toddlers can expand their listening skills and build their vocabularies. You can help toddlers begin to understand print concepts, such as pictures and print as symbols for real things and that we read words, not pictures.
Your choice of books is important. Toddlers are learning to understand feelings; look for books with characters handling typical emotions and experiences. Toddlers feel competent when they participate; read books with rhymes and predictable words they can remember. Toddlers are doers; read books with flaps to lift and textures to feel. Read the same books again and again, if asked. A toddler will let you know when he or she has had enough of a book.
For an interactive experience, vary your voice to fit the characters and plot or use puppets and other props related to the story. Encourage the toddlers to join in! They can turn pages, name items in pictures, make sounds, repeat rhymes and phrases, and think about what might happen next.
Take the Care Course The Road to Reading to learn more on the importance of language in children’s lives and ways you can help children with their literacy development. Included in the course is a list of picture books young children (and adults) will enjoy, such as Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin and Goodnight Moon by Margaret W. Brown.
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