Thursday, March 8, 2012

Growing an Interest in Reading

Literacy has always been an important topic in early learning. As children grow more proficient, their reading becomes important to learning other new concepts. Fluent, comprehension-based reading helps young readers apply meaning, understand a complex story line and follow instructions independently. These skills are helpful whether reading for pleasure, working on a science project or understanding complex math problems.

Simple activities at a young age can encourage a foundation for reading and enjoyment that lasts a lifetime. One of the easiest ways to provide an opportunity for reading is to be sure books are available and accessible! For infants this can mean black and white or chunky books propped up during time spent on their stomachs (with the supervision of a caregiver) or when holding infants or toddlers and reading to them regularly.

As children grow, they will want to handle books. Handling books is part of a developmental process that establishes a connection between the child and books. Try to store children’s books on low shelving where they can grab, chew, toss, pick up and hold their favorite titles. Offer books of various sizes and shapes that you won’t mind losing to toddlers who are learning how to handle them appropriately.

No matter how you choose to encourage reading, creating space for books and special reading time can go a long way in promoting lifelong reading habits and enjoyment!

Join us for story time at DCM
We are excited to welcome the Naperville Public Library for story time…

When: The first Wednesday of each month at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Family Resource Center, 2nd floor

*Stay tuned for further blogs on literacy – including more on providing opportunity for reading, creating reading space and making reading come to life. Enjoy!

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