Reading to babies and children has been proven to aid linguistic development. By their first year, a baby’s brain has already recognised the sounds its language produces and prepares to reproduce these sounds. Try sharing stories, singing and nursery rhymes. These help:
Other ways to practice language skills
Books aren’t always necessary to develop these skills. Storytelling, and songs are also fun to develop language skills! To further expand vocabulary, try reading:
If English is not your first language at home, dual-language books can be a great resource to introduce your child to English. You can also choose to read a book aloud in English and discuss it in your native language. First languages also help with second language acquisition when they start child care or school.
What books to read to different ages
Most of all, ensure reading is fun and engaging! Children’s attention spans will grow as they get older so start off only reading a small amount at a time and gradually read more as they get older.
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