Reading to your child for just a few minutes per day can improve their verbal skills. Verbal skills don’t just help kids in school; they help kids communicate with you easier.
Evy is picking up words left and right… then goes a day without using them. To work on this, and keep the dreaded whine at bay, I am trying to read smaller amounts more often to this busy baby.
Recently, I took up the multi tasking option of reading while she eats in the high chair. She’s working of self feeding skills, which can make meal times laborious. I let her at the food while I pick up our trusty copy of Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends. Silverstein wrote The Giving Tree and several popular books of poems for children. Some of them are hilarious, some dad joke level puns, and some are rather deep stories.
We both really enjoyed “Lester” in which Lester gets his hands on some wishes.
These are all so short, and it’s easy to skip through the book as you want, that it’s easy to find something to entertain you and baby. There are also sketch drawings for most of them.
As we discussed in some earlier posts about less conventional ways to get in reading time, your own favorite poems are also fine for infants and young toddlers.
Meal time poetry is a fast, fun way to get in reading time. Shel Silverstein is an excellent, accessible poet for kids if you are looking for somewhere to start.
Even Evy can listen for 10 minutes, and it really does count!
-Evy and Me.