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How to Read to Your Talker

How to Read to Your Talker

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Your child is two years old. He or she chants his or her favourite rhyme and is keen on exploring books. Now reading with your child is really fun. So here are some simple tips to help you read to your talker child:

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Get the Right book

Your baby is now talking and can enjoy books with repetitive text, alphabets, numbers, short stories etc. You can also try electronic books that have audio narration.

Recite Rhymes or Songs

You can recite your child’s favourite rhymes or songs and ask him or her to repeat the same. You can also make the reading session interesting by encouraging him or her to clap in a rhythmic way.

Play counting games such as “How many apples are there in the basket?” while reading.

Have a Story telling Time

Your child will now enjoy stories of animals and fairy tales and may even ask you to repeat
a familiar story. Encourage your child to tell stories and appreciate her attempts every time.

Read Alphabets and Numbers

At this age, your child likes to hear alphabet songs and count numbers.

Ask Open-Ended Questions

During reading, ask open-ended questions that make your child attentive and increase his or her involvement. For example, “Who is going inside the jungle?” or “Where is the cow in this page?”

Get Creative

Make your own stories by changing names of the characters in the book or places or incidents.

Read to explore; read to bond!


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When and How to Read to Toddlers

Experts recommend reading to toddlers as often as possible, striving for at least one scheduled reading time each day. Choosing regular times to read (especially before naps and bedtime) helps kids learn to sit with a book and relax. But you can read anytime your child seems in the mood.

If your toddler will let you, hold him or her in your lap when you read. It’’s a great spot for:

helping kids feel safe, happy, and relaxed

giving undivided attention

showing new things

inviting participation

You’ll find that your toddler wants to be independent and successful. Encourage this by offering three or four books to choose from, praising the selection, letting your toddler help you turn pages, and asking for help as you find things on a page. Your child will love to finish sentences in books with repetitive phrasing or rhymes. When you come to a repetitive phrase or rhyme in a book, pause and let your child finish.

Here are some additional reading tips:

Read whatever books your toddler asks for, even if it’s the same book every night for weeks and weeks (and weeks and weeks).

Read slowly enough for your toddler to understand.

Read expressively, using different voices for different characters and raising or lowering your voice as appropriate.

Choose board books or cloth books that are durable. You can let your child use these books independently without having to worry about pages getting ripped.

Use puppets, finger plays (like the "Itsy Bitsy Spider"), or props while you read.

Encourage your toddler to clap or sing when you read rhythmic, sing-song books.

Talk about the illustrations. Point to items and name them. Then ask your child to name them with you and offer enthusiastic praise.

Ask open-ended questions — "Why do you think the lion is going into the woods? What do you think will happen next?" This encourages your child to think about the story and to ask questions.

Substitute your child’s name for the name of a character in the book.

Have fun! Show your child that reading is enjoyable.


This is a general outline of the milestones on the road to reading success. Keep in mind that kids develop at different paces and spend varying amounts of time at each stage. If you have concerns, talk to your child’’s doctor, teacher, or the reading specialist at school. Early intervention is key in helping kids who are struggling to read.

Parents and teachers can find appropriate resources for children as early as pre-kindergarten. Quality childcare centers, pre-kindergarten programs, and homes full of language and book reading can build an environment for reading milestones to happen.

Infancy (Up to Age 1)

Kids usually begin to:

imitate sounds they hear in language

respond when spoken to

look at pictures

reach for books and turn the pages with help

respond to stories and pictures by vocalizing and patting the pictures

Toddlers (Ages 1-3)

Kids usually begin to:

answer questions about and identify objects in books — such as "Where’s the cow?" or "What does the cow say?"

name familiar pictures

use pointing to identify named objects

pretend to read books

finish sentences in books they know well

scribble on paper

know names of books and identify them by the picture on the cover

turn pages of board books

have a favorite book and request it to be read often

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