Reading is a skill that every parent wishes for their child to learn. It is something that can be frustrating to teach, however. Having said that, there are ways to begin setting a foundation for good reading before you even show your child a printed word. How is it possible to give your child a good head start with their reading from the earliest moment?
Speak to Your Child
From the moment you find out you are pregnant, begin speaking to your child. Your conversations may seem embarrassingly one-sided at first, but as your child grows he (or she) will begin to babble back to you in attempted conversation. Your unborn baby will begin to hear around 18 weeks into the pregnancy, so use this opportunity to expose him to a variety of different sounds.
Once your baby is born, speak with him as you carry him around and as you go about your day. Don’t be afraid to explain things in detail. Say to your little one things like, “Now we are going to make lunch. What should we make today? Here are some bananas and peanut butter.” Even if your baby doesn’t understand every detail at first, it encourages him to try out new words himself.