How to Help - You Are Your Child's First Teacher
Babies need to be nurtured in language-rich environments. Here's what you can do:
- Read to your child from birth. It is never too soon to start. Get your baby a Library Card! Visit your neighborhood library to borrow books and participate in programs.
- Share board books with your child. These sturdy books can withstand a licking (and a chewing!)
- Let your baby set the pace of your reading time. Encourage your baby to touch and help turn the pages.
- Sometimes your baby won't be in the mood for reading. Try again later.
- Your baby loves to hear your voice. Besides reading, talk to your baby at meal times, in the bath, and during playtime.
- Share Mother Goose rhymes with your baby. They are short, fun and help develop language skills.
- Sing to your baby. Share beloved songs from your childhood or discover new favorites online or at BPL.
- Read and talk with your child in the language you know best.
Illustrations © copyright 2001 by Marla Frazee from EVERYWHERE BABIES by Susan Meyers. Reproduced by permission of Harcourt, Inc.