my kids are 1 and 2. should i be reading to by 1 and 2 year old every night before bedtime?
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Misty - posted on 09/11/2009
Yes you can never read too much to any child. If you do it at bed time every night it establishes a routine for them so when they get older they might be easier to put to bed. It also helped with my sons vocabulary he is now 6 & brings home what I call science books because they are books about animals & bugs he loves to read things like that.
Becky - posted on 09/10/2009
Hi Ermine! I don't read to my son even though I love to read, but I find that when I have tried, he is only interested in 1. looking at something else or 2. ripping the pages out of the book! He is 10 months and is constantly on the go-go-go, but everything I have heard from other people is that it is really good to read to them. Good luck!
Jessica - posted on 09/10/2009
Yes, the younger you start the better it is. I seen that there was some kind of study that proved young children that were read to get better grades and love to read. I've been reading to my daughter since she was newborn and so far she has been doing great in school, but then she is only in first grade.
Sara - posted on 09/10/2009
I have been reading to my kids every night since they were six months old. But, by every night I mean, about five nights a week and about a half an hour. I give myself some wiggle room to not do it every single night and if I have a bad week where I am tired or sick, then I dont beat myself up and just try to do better. It helps me a lot to read books that I like. For instance right now I am reading the Bridge to Terabithia to Alexis and Noah, who are three and two. If I come across a part that I think is not ok for them or a word that would upset them, I make up something else or skip it. I enjoy it and they sleep better. Warm wishes.
Jessica - posted on 09/10/2009
I work full time so understand how tired you can be by the time bed time rolls around. However, I did read to my son every night. It was great to have that time with him after being busy all day -- which he really needed that alone time with mom. My son is 8 now and reading at a 7th grade level. He loves to read!
Khadijah - posted on 09/10/2009
Definitely yes!! I have been reading to my twin girls since they first learn to hold their heads up. They at 7 months old now and they love the books now more than ever and sit quietly when I am reading and love, love, love, all the colorful pictures in the book. I am a avid reader myself and I was expose to reading very early on as a child. I was in spelling bee's, book clubs, drama, loved english and literature in school, and all sorts of things because of it and I am hoping they will gain the same from it.
Its so rewarding for them and you as well and the kids love it!
Queenee - posted on 09/09/2009
It does not hurt. Reading to and with your children is a great way to spend time together and unwind. When you read with your child make sure that they are looking at the pages with you and point to the words it helps them...they might even surprise you and read along with you the words they recognize.