Reading aloud to young children is widely recognized as the single most important activity leading to language development and fluent readers. Children love to listen to stories and look at illustrations as parents bring the words to life. While reading to your child, try changing your voice to reflect the characters, mood, actions, etc. in the story (ie. imitating a dog barking, silly voice, baby crying, bus going beep beep). In addition, the time spent reading with your child will also allow the opportunity to model appropirate reading strategies such as scanning from top to bottom, left to right, and page by page.
Here are a few of my recommended early reading picks:
- Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? by Eric Carle
- If You Give A Mouse A Cookie by Laura Numeroff
- 5 Little Monkeys Jumping On The Bed
- Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown