While many children love to curl up on the laps of their favorite reader, some don’t like to slow down long enough to enjoy a nice story. For these children it is important to remember that reading is more than just a picture-perfect moment, it is also a way to expose children to language that they may not normally hear.
Reading gives children a chance to expand their vocabulary and hear about concepts that they may not normally encounter—and they don’t have to sit still to hear it! Feel free to continue reading to your child as they participate in other activities—some listen best when they are able to fiddle with toys, jump around or even stand on their heads! By continuing the reading, your child is still learning and hearing the different sounds and rhythms of language, while still keeping the experience enjoyable.
Another way to keep the language alive is to listen to recorded books, songs, rhymes or even podcasts with your child. As many parents find out when they have to make a phone call, children are often listening to everything going on around them. Tap into the young mind’s eagerness to learn and absorb language by offering up different listening adventures throughout your day. While books are amazing in many ways, having an enjoyable language experience is what is most beneficial no matter how you get there!