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Boost your child’s love of books and learning
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