Reading Tips for Parents of Toddlers

Mar 17, 2013

Toddlers love action. Remember that if you keep reading lively and engaging, children will enjoy reading with you at home. At Kids U daycare Calgary NW, our teachers ensure that your toddlers are having fun while they learn how to read. Here are some tips you can follow to help you do the same at home. Try a new tip every week and see which one works best for your child.


The most important thing to remember, according to our teachers at daycare Calgary NW is that toddlers love to move around constantly, so don’t expect them to sit still while you read to them or teach them how to read. They may want to skip and tumble as you read them a book. Remember that although they may be moving around, they are definitely listening.


When we at preschool Calgary NW recite a rhyme or sing a song, we let the little children finish the last phrase or chant. Once they are familiar with the lyrics or rhyme they will sing more and more. When you do this, try making a mistake on purpose and see how your child catches you!


The type of books you choose are important too. Books that make sounds or invite movement, books with flaps or textures to keep little hands busy, books that require a child to look for hidden objects – there all make interesting reads. Our library at daycare Calgary is filled with interesting books for this age group.


Keep your reading time simple, short and regular. Toddlers have a very short attention span. If you sense them zoning out, stop and continue a little later. The more you press on when the child is disinterested, the more he will start hating it. Read a little bit a few times a day and you will have them interested.


Children will form favorites very soon. Read them their favorites again and again….this will increase their attention span and build enthusiasm for reading.