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Boost your child’s love of books and learn­ing

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Dur­ing the first five years of a child’s life, they learn more rapidly than at any other time. Read­ing has nu­mer­ous de­vel­op­men­tal ben­e­fits and stud­ies have shown that read­ing early in life helps chil­dren to de­velop lan­guage skills, re­sult­ing in bet­ter com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills, in­creased self-con­fi­dence and higher self-aware­ness. Through read­ing, chil­dren de­velop their imag­i­na­tion, crit­i­cal think­ing, speech and love for learn­ing. At Blos­som Nurs­ery, we use a va­ri­ety of tools, in­clud­ing those be­low, to in­spire a love of read­ing from the baby to foun­da­tion years stage.

Be a pos­i­tive role model

The best way to get your lit­tle one to take an in­ter­est in books is to read to them. This helps you to bond with your child one to one, and also teaches them through pos­i­tive role mod­el­ling. It’s also im­por­tant to read your morn­ing news­pa­per, mag­a­zines and other books in front of your child whilst you al­low time for your child to ex­plore their own books.

let them be tac­tile

An im­por­tant de­vel­op­men­tal mile­stone is when chil­dren learn how to turn the pages of a book, a skill they’ll only mas­ter through prac­tice hold­ing and ex­plor­ing books. Young chil­dren learn through their sen­sory ex­pe­ri­ences, through touch­ing and feel­ing. There’s a huge range of sen­sory books for young chil­dren with pop-up, lift the flap or noisy pages and dif­fer­ent tex­tured pic­tures that get the chil­dren en­gaged and in­ter­ac­tive.

let them choose their own book

En­cour­age your child to se­lect their book and read it with them, even if it means that you re­peat the same book over and over again. You will know when a book has taken a favourite place in their hearts.

Make read­ing in­ter­ac­tive

Book time is not only about read­ing to your child, but read­ing with your child. Ask ques­tions about the pic­tures they see. Let them tell their own ver­sion of the story and lis­ten. To de­velop the un­der­stand­ing of story se­quence, ask ques­tions like ‘What do you think will hap­pen next?’ Even when a child has not de­vel­oped lan­guage yet, ask them to find a cer­tain ob­ject or pic­ture on the pages of the book. Prais­ing and re­ward­ing their ef­forts will en­cour­age your child to keep go­ing and mo­ti­vate them even more.

Of­fer your child wide ex­po­sure to read­ing ma­te­ri­als

At Blos­som Nurs­ery, read­ing is not done only through books but also through mag­a­zines, news­pa­pers and recipes. The chil­dren are en­cour­aged to recog­nise print ev­ery­where in the en­vi­ron­ment, even on the la­bel con­tent of food boxes, which lays the foun­da­tion of mak­ing healthy food choices. We also sup­port chil­dren’s read­ing and sto­ry­telling through book boxes, where chil­dren have ac­cess to re­sources and props that en­cour­age retelling and re-en­act­ing a story. Read­ing cor­ners that are invit­ing, ap­peal­ing and stim­u­lat­ing, and of­fer a place where chil­dren can go in­di­vid­u­ally to ac­cess read­ing ma­te­ri­als at all times, will also help boost their love of read­ing. Why not cre­ate your own read­ing cor­ner at home?

Blos­som Nurs­ery has six cen­tres through­out the UAE and is ac­cept­ing reg­is­tra­tions now. For more in­for­ma­tion, to ar­range a visit or to re­serve your place, call ( 055) nURs­eRY or visit the­blos­som­nurs­ery.com

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