Early Reading Intervention
Literacy is often referred to as school age children learning to read fluently. Reading is more than just a skill learned at school. Learning to read begins at birth and early reading intervention helps develop the foundation for success. When a child is born, their brain is still developing. So therefore, experiences and environment will determine how the brain is developed. Language skills impact significantly on a child’s future education. Although, babies do not have the ability to communicate, you can greatly increase your child’s success in school by providing language rich experiences. During this stage, babies are actively listening. Listening is relevant because children who listen well will be good readers. Live language is highly effective with babies because they relate to what they hear.
Everyday Activities for Developing Language in Babies
1. Take regular trips to the park. Take time to talk about what you see such as a bus, dog, or bird. Do you see flowers? If so discuss the color and show your baby the flower. What other sounds can be heard. Babies do not have the ability to respond but be assured that they are listening and absorbing every word.
2. Go to the library. Libraries are fantastic for enriching babies with spoken language. Attend a story telling session for early exposure to This would be an excellent opportunity for beneficial language rich experiences. Usually after a story session, there is an opportunity for children to play with toys or simple puzzles. These reading and playing activities stimulate language development, imperative for academic success.
3. Have your own story time. If its one thing that babies love is cuddling next to a warm body. Take advantage of this time for reading and snuggle with nursery gliders. Babies will enjoy listening and watching you read. Build Basic Reading, Thinking and Learning with Highlights Children’s Magazine.
4. Bath time is loads of fun for language activity. Discuss the body parts. Use bath toys to introduce sink and float.
5. Listening to different types of music promotes literacy. There is a huge variety of children’s music available. Another option is using personalized music. Music is a direct correlation to literacy development and teaches phonological awareness.
6. When your traveling with your baby in the car, take advantage of when they are still and use it as teachable moments. When they are in the back seat babbling and cooing respond to them with a comment of your own. At this age it is tempting to slip into baby talk. However, do your best to speak to them as if they were able to respond. As your child grows you will be amazed at how this will be so much more beneficial.
7. Finger plays are such fun! Not to mention the wide selection available. Itsy Bitsy Spider and Five Little Monkey’s are just a couple. Dr Jean.org is a wonderful resource for movement games for children.
8. When your baby has the ability to sit independently, give them paper and a large crayon. Encourage your baby to make strokes. Art activities assist in eye-hand coordination, fine-motor skills, and cognitive development.
9. Use toys such as rattles and mobiles. These toys teach children eye movement. A critical skill to learn in order to follow words and pictures in books.
10. The brain responds positively to sensory activities. Find squares of different textures and have your baby touch them. Some books have different textures.