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Reading Time with the Little Ones

Updated: Apr 29, 2019

It's very simple, our grandparents and parents did not do workshops to read stories. Even so, we can learn some tips that will help the reading time to the little ones. By reading them we create shared moments of great emotional value and we get them to start loving books.

Let's not forget that reading not only help their intellectual and psycho-emotional development but also relate to the enjoyment and mere fun. And reading is also a good way to be happy, to dream, to invent, to play ... Let's see how.

Do not stretch the stories. Young children can not follow long arguments or keep their attention for long, so it's better to choose short stories.

Let them choose the book. Just as there are days when we feel like reading a certain genre or watch a film, let them pick the story.

Create a small library and leave the books within reach of the children, choose the appropriate books for the age.

Find the right moment to read together. Some days your child will not be for readings, but, realistically, it is likely that parents are the one who most often does not feel like reading. In this case, it is good that mom and dad take turns.

To get all the benefits of reading aloud you have to relax and enjoy, without hurry, do not take it as an obligation.

Play with your voice, imitate the voices and sounds of the characters, changing to different tones (deep, high voice ...) and do not forget the volume, screaming, whispering ... according to the moment of the story. You can also sing, recite ...

Become an actor. When you read you must use the whole body and not just the voice: the hands, the gestures, the look, the tone of voice imitating the characters ... are very important. You can get up, imitate movements, make ambient sounds ... To read aloud to children you have to put enthusiasm and get into the story.

Be patient if he asks you to read the same story several days. This gives them security because they know the history, can make new suggestions, have imagined different developments ... and also accelerates the acquisition of vocabulary.

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Interruptions have to be accepted as part of the story. They will want to know more, make your contributions, ask ..., a small child is not quiet listening to a story. If your child does not understand what you are reading, repeat the sentence or summarize it. Read slowly and choose the appropriate books to the age.

Make small "traps", change words, add meaningless sentences ... if the children are older, use the stories they already know because the absurd results in surprises and entertains them.

Take them to the library. Although you can not read very loudly in the library, children can learn how to behave in the library and choose new books to take home. Also, you can take them to the bookstore so they can choose a book by themselves.

Watch the film, many classic stories have their version in cartoons and children love to "compare". They will love reading the written version or see the illustrations of the book.

We hope that with these tips, many more will embark on this adventure.

Happy reading!

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