Reading a bedtime story to your little one has multiple benefits. Not only is it a great way for yourself and your child to bond, but it can also promote a healthy bedtime routine, and on top of this, reading to your youngster each bedtime is one of the best ways to boost communication and pre-literacy skills.
According to research, those children who have bedtime stories read to them regularly, have better imaginations, have a wider vocabulary and generally perform better at school.
If you are wanting to implement a bedtime story as part of your child’s bedtime routine, or are wanting to make the most of this special quiet time with you are your little one, you may find the following ten top tips for reading bedtime stories useful.
1 – You are never too young to appreciate books. Engage a baby’s imagination and encourage bedtime stories from a young age by reading babies books with flaps, textures and that even make sounds.
2 – Encourage your baby to repeat the sounds and words that you read from the book. Beginning with repeating animal noises is a good way to start your baby’s journey of communication.
3 – Making bedtime reading as fun as possible by putting on exaggerated voices, pulling silly voices and reading books with lots of colourful pictures.
4 – Encourage your toddler to “name” and point to the objects in the books as this will develop language skills.
5 – To help engage your toddler’s attention, let him choose which story he wants to be read to him each night.
6 – Every now and then pause during the book to enable your child to use his imagination and guess what will happen.
7 – Don’t worry if you find yourself reading the same book night after night as your child will probably learn the book off by heart, which can be a good memory building aid.
8 – Discuss the story with your child, for example, what he thinks will happen next or how would he feel if he had been in the book as this encourage your toddler to use his imagination.
9 – As your child gets older begin pointing out words in a book and ask him to tell you what the word is.
10 – Encourage your toddler to trace the words of the book with his finger as this will develop pre-literacy skills.