Patience and persistence key in reading to a tot
ANY hints on how to read to an 18- month- old? She doesn’t seem interested nd just chews on the pages. m not sure if she is too young r it’s doing much good. hould I just leave it until he’s older? Bree, Alligator reek T is certainly never too young to start to read to babies or oddlers. A lot of times however ou find that their attention span very short and that they do not t still long enough to read a ook, especially when you are first starting out. There are a number of different ways to develop this concentration. Firstly you need to find a time of day where you find that your toddler is less wiggly; a good place to start is as part of her bedtime routine. So for both lunch time and night time sleeping, add a book into her routine.
Make sure the books are cardboard at the start, as yes it is typical for toddlers to chew the pages. Find some books that are easy to focus on, so you are looking for a white background with simple pictures, one that has touch and feel may help to capture her attention, forget busy, busy books go for content that is real life, not fantasy or make believe.
So a book of animals or story about an animal is a good example, this allows you also to make noises for the different animals – good for language.
Aim just to read until she is showing you that she has had enough. This may only be one page. Point to the pictures, make noises, talk about the story, look at colours etc until her focus eye contact leaves the page and wanders around the room, then clearly say, “let’s turn the page’’ and do so.
Continue until she starts to wriggle and squirm or give clear signs she is too tired and wants to lie down. Finish the story right there. Put her into bed and give her the book as well, she is old enough to have the book in bed with her and turn the pages.
Try again tomorrow. Be patient but persistent and she will soon love reading time!