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Raise a Reader

Start reading to your child at a very young age, even before they’re able to communicate verbally. By doing so, you help lay the neurological groundwork for effective language use and literacy. Reading to your kiddo is an important way to help them build language skills. By exposing them to new words and ways of using language it also helps them learn general information about the world around them.

Single Best Way To Increase Your Kiddo’s IQ

Books also help kiddos build empathy and learn how to handle challenging feelings. Parents can use reading time as a chance to talk about emotions and how to cope with them. Even a few minutes of reading together gives you and your child a chance to slow down and connect with each other. Not to mention that the sensory experience of sitting with you and hearing your voice also engages their brain in a way that makes learning easier. Grab a book because research shows that reading to children and discussing the book as you read is the single best way to increase your child’s IQ.

Toddlers Take It All In

It’s hard to overstate how important reading is to a toddler’s intellectual, social and emotional development. When you read with toddlers, they take it all in.  From vocabulary and language structure, numbers and math concepts, colors, shapes, animals, opposites, to manners and all kinds of useful information about how the world works. What’s more, when you read out loud, your toddler connects books with the familiar, beloved sound of your voice. Reading together brings a physical closeness and helps build a positive association with books that will last a lifetime.

Reading Throughout The Day

Nightly bedtime reading is a familiar routine for getting your little ball of energy to relax before bed.  The atmosphere should be soothing and not rushed, and the book of choice should be one that will end, strategically, with a peaceful going-to-bed scene. However, offering to read books with toddlers during the day is one of the best ways to get them to slow down and focus. These can be wonderful moments of connection for you and your kiddo even while it’s still light outside.

Expand Your Toddler’s World

Toddlers sometimes seem stuck on a certain book and as it happens, this may not be a book that you’re not too crazy about. With this being said, that doesn’t mean that you should deny them the books they like. Instead, try to actively steer them toward other books that are more appropriate or interesting. More importantly, don’t be afraid to explore subjects with your toddler that they don’t have any context for. All topics can be broken down into small parts and made interesting by a great children’s book. Enjoy these carefree readings because at a certain age, children tend to gravitate towards stories that feature a protagonist of their own gender. This is not true for toddlers however, so take advantage of this time to expose them to a balanced menu of characters.

Exposing Children To Diversity In Books Will Prepare Them For Life In A Diverse World

Choose diverse books and eventually you’ll hit on one that really suits your toddler. Children need to see themselves reflected in the illustrations in the books around them. Seek out books that feature kiddos who look similar to yours. All children benefit from books that show children with different skin tones and ethnicities. And so, all children need to encounter books that present the variety of family structures and cultural traditions that coexist in our communities.