Here are some of our top tips on sharing a book together:
Let your child take the lead. Follow your child’s lead when reading stories.
Let them talk about the pictures, go on a picture hunt on each page.
Don’t worry if you don’t get to the end of the book, its the process of sharing the story together that is the most important thing.
Find a time in the day where you do not have to rush so you can spend time looking at books.
Help your child to predict what will happen next in the story.
Use different voices for different characters. If a character is excited then use an excited voice.
Read in different places… Under a tree, at the beach, in the bath, in a story den under the table.
*Remember, you don’t have to be a great reader yourself, just sharing stories with your little one will make a difference.
Stories are a great way to support your child if they are having a difficult time. TLC have worked with Essex Libraries to find some books that help you support your child with any issues they may be facing. To find out more click on the link on the sidebar.
While sharing stories to your child, you may not realise but you are developing their language, vocabulary and communication skills. The opportunities that a book offers is just endless. Our biggest top tip at TLC would be remove distractions when sharing a story. Turn off the radio, TV and put your phone on silent. This way your child can clearly hear what you are saying and all the attention is on just being together.