Learning to read does not begin when a child first decodes words in a book.
During their first weeks of life and even before birth, babies deftly process important information about the sounds they hear. They adapt to the tones, language patterns and its distinctive voices of familiar adults. Making sense of sounds, patterns, words and sentences are important skills that will help a child move forward towards reading.
As language and communication skills develop and vocabulary builds, children under three learn to use pictures, words and sounds, tell and retell familiar stories, and sing songs and nursery rhymes. These activities help children navigate the pictures, words, and sentences they encounter on the page.
Here are five tips to support early reading for children as young as three.
1: Create a “talkative” environment
Encourage and support multiple communications. Research shows that talking to babies and toddlers While conversations that a child just overhears do not always contribute to vocabulary development, it does help them develop their vocabulary.
Take turns giving talks and commenting on their activities and routines of the day. This can happen while dressing, playing, changing diapers, or taking a walk in the park. This will allow children under the age of three to start developing. Recipient language – the ability to understand others. They will connect, notice, respond and interact with surrounding sounds and images, which are all important early reading skills.
2. Have fun making rhythm and music
Play lots of rhyme games, sing nursery rhymes, comment on rhyme patterns in songs, and make lots of music. Repetition and predictable rhyme Helps children remember new words.
Alliteration and assonance in poetry and rhymes draw attention to individual sounds and patterns in words.
3. Share meaningful images
Use images such as pictures and photos of familiar places, objects, families and communities to create meaningful shared experiences for children under three years old. Make books with photos or apps to encourage conversation and interaction about children’s home cultures and families. Encourage children to show the details they encounter in the pictures.
reading pictures and the pictures below help children learn to read as they begin to make connections, understand story sequences, and further develop their comprehension skills. Very young children are resourceful interpreting visual texts and noticing the details.
4. Draw attention to pressure in daily life
Use your environment and local community to indicate the words at home, daycare or outside. This can be printed on cereal boxes, signs or logos. encounter print in their own media Helps children under the age of three recognize meaningful letters, sounds and images.
5. Interact with books frequently
Shared book reading, story time, and retelling stories together are valuable points of connection and social interaction for under-threes. When supportive adults encourage exploration of the pictures, point out the text and traditions in print, and talk about the characters or the sequence of the story, the story comes alive to create awe and curiosity for children.
Choose from a range of books – fabric, sensory, picture books and storybooks or online story apps. Make sure those under the age of three also have independent access So they can choose the books or apps themselves, turn the pages or use interactive technology.
Puppets, props and role play help make books or stories and nursery rhymes interactive and help children recreate stories through pretend play. Children under the age of three need to relate images, sounds and words to their own experiences, so make sure the accessories you use are relevant to the child’s culture and daily life.