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Childhood literacy
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children's books, teaching children to read, childhood reading, childhood literacy
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Children who are exposed to reading at an early age make the symbol/language connection more easily and are more likely to be proficient readers by third grade than children who are not exposed to reading early in life. Consequently, parents and child care center should have plenty of childrens books on hand.

Chunky board books are best for babies and toddlers. Let the child hold the book and talk to him about the pictures. Encourage her to touch the pages of the book and hold it herself. Singing the text can help you keep your babys attention. Picture books without any text are also beneficial because they expose babies to the concept of a book. Daily reading is recommended by six months of age.

By age two, its a good idea to start setting up a library for your toddler. Make it easily accessible for little ones. Teach your child the ABCs and read predictable books and ask him to guess what will happen next. Many childrens books are available for this age.

By age three, you can start teaching your child to read phonetically. Start with simple words and sounds. Select books that are written for early readers. Rhyming games help children learn to identify sounds. When your child first starts writing, praise her efforts and don't worry about spelling yet. Trying to correct everything at first can be confusing and discouraging for children. After your child is confident with writing, start focusing on spelling.
Posted by: Erica Slown  
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