Thanks to Children’s Mercy for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.
Though I like to read with my toddler, so do his siblings. One of my middle child’s favorite activities is reading to his little brother every night before bed. He loves to pick out several books and sit in front of his crib reading the stories and showing him the pictures. It’s funny because he likes to read him the stories more than his little brother likes to listen to the stories.
“Research shows that 15 to 20 percent of all children will experience difficulty in learning to read.” I hope that my efforts in reading to my children from the beginning will help start them off on the right foot. I also hope it will cultivate a love of reading as stories as they grow.
The internet is a fantastic source of fun ways to include learning into play. The easiest (in my opinion) and my favorite way is through games. We have a lot of folder games that all of my children, as preschoolers, have loved to play with. These folder games teach colors, patterns, matching, counting, rhyming and so on.
For even more resources to encourage children to read Children’s Mercy has a fantastic reading to rhyming program. Get all the details at that link.
Now that my first child has grown she loves to read and volunteers to sit and read almost everyday. My 6 year old likes to read if it is a topic he is interested in, so my job now has been to make sure I have plenty of books on hand of interesting topics. My toddler enjoys being read to by everyone and so I hope he too is learning to love books, stories and eventually reading when he is able. Until that time, we’ll enjoy playing letter games together.