Children are never too young to start sharing books and reading together …
The two little ones in the photo were snapped engrossed in sharing a book together at Home Link Family Support’s Midlothian Stay & Play Group (Thursdays, 10.00-11.00am at Newbattle Community Centre). We were all fascinated to observe the two engaged in the book and interacting with each other for a sustained period. Note the position of the book! Our weekly Stay & Play Sessions always include story & song, along with lots of opportunity for play.
There are many reasons why it is important to share books and read together with babies and young children:
- Sharing books, talking about the pictures and cuddling up close together will help build a strong and loving relationship between parent and child; babies and young children love the sound of their parents’ voices.
- Sharing books, reading together, talking and listening develops the child’s social, environmental and mathematical awareness, numeracy and language skills. It is a good way of encouraging two-way communication, supporting the child to develop an awareness of the world around them, learn new words and increase their vocabulary.
- Sharing books, reading together, talking and listening can help children learn how to understand and express their own thoughts and emotions.
- Sharing books and reading together helps develop an awareness that pictures, symbols and the written word have meaning. Children learn how to handle books e.g. to start at the front, turn pages in order and work through the book looking at the pictures & reading from left to right.
- Sharing books and reading together, will support your child as they continue to grow, develop and learn.
Remember, it is never too early to begin sharing books and reading together!