readExposing your child to reading at an early age is something that you will never regret doing. There are so many skills that are developed in the process of reading, and each of them contributes to the overall development of your child. At Smart Start Child Care, we want to make sure that all of your children have the tools that they need to be successful in their development, including skills like reading. That’s why we’ve compiled a few of the things that you can do to expose your toddler to reading when at home.

Bedtime Stories

At the end of the day when your toddler is getting into bed, it is a great time to read them a story! These bedtime stories are a great way of calming children down and having them draw their focus to the story being told. You can make this process as engaging for them as you’d like and can also determine when they can contribute to it. This is a great way to introduce them to the way that reading is structured.

As your child starts out their reading process, you can start including interactive components like pointing at different items in the story, sounding out words, and reading alongside you. All of these components will help them gain a better understanding of what words look like, how to sound them out and learn how to read from left to right. At this stage of the learning process, you are focusing more on getting them familiar with the structure and etiquette of reading.

Sounding It Out

If your toddler is still familiarizing themselves with the alphabet, there are plenty of activities that you can do to help them continue to develop their skills. What you’re really going to want to focus on is the way things sound, so using physical objects that they know and sorting them into sections where they can then be associated with a letter, is a fantastic way to practice. Start by creating small, plastic bins with lids and putting objects in them. Pencil holders are a fantastic thing to use. Put a bold letter on each and fill it with smaller items. For instance, the box with the letter S you could put in a sock, a toy shark, soap and a sponge, all while practicing the sound the letter S makes.

Familiarizing with Words

If your toddler has already gained a pretty solidified understanding of the alphabet, then familiarizing them with letters around the house is another thing that you can do to help them get familiar with words as a whole. Placing print out words on the object and having them sound out each letter of that print out is a small step to getting them to a place where they can read. Once they can do this, it’s an easier step moving on to reading words off the page and being able to sound them out.

When your child comes to Smart Start in Bowling Green, they will be exposed to reading and other important skills. Stop in today to learn more about the programs that we offer.