Storytime To Boost Your Toddler's Brainpower.

Story-time provides a rare chance to relax. But it also a golden opportunity to boost your toddler's brain power.

Of all the pleasurable rituals we share with our children, few compared to story time. But we're doing more than bonding when we snuggle up and giggle together over a good tale; we're also nurturing kids cognitive development and creativity. Through books, children learn about the rhyme of language and are introduced to the concept of narrative, plot, and characters, all important precursors to literacy.

So be sure to make reading a  part of your daily routine, and try these tactics for making it extra fun and educational:

Make reading time

Read to your toddler at least once everyday two or three times if you're able to. The more you do it, the greater your child's interest in books will be. Her vocabulary will grow as well, she will be an abundant store of words to draw on when she begins to read on her own.

Keep it simple

Looking for appropriate stories?  You actually can judge a book by its cover; check the jacket to see if it's list of suggested age range. If it doesn't, flip through and take a look.

The best stories for 2 year olds have just a few words of text on each page, plus simple, colorful pictures, elements that will catch your toddler's eye but let him focus on one concept at a time. Steer clear of complicated storyline and detailed heavy illustrations. In a few years your child will pour over these but busy images can bore 2-year-olds. Their attention span isn't ready for lots of visual information or long stories yet.

Make it a group thing.

Don't feel like you have to separate reading sessions for your older kids. If they're interested in hearing the story you're reading to your 2-year-old, let them sit in. It may spark some lively discussion about the subject you're reading. Toddlers might want to sit in on the older child’s story too.

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Don't sweat the small stuff.

Take time to know the details of stories and their pictures, name the different colors used in illustrations, and identify animals and objects. Encourage your child to point out and talk about things she recognizes. Doing so helps expand toddlers’ vocabulary and also encourage them to pay close attention to to their environment.

Keep it real.

Relate elements of the story you are reading to your child own experiences. (“We saw an elephant like this one at the zoo last weekend.”) Young listeners will start making connections between their life and the abstract words and pictures on the page, which is an important concept of reading.

Point to the print.

Show how we read word from left to right. By demonstrating the direction of sentences and words, you're also helping your toddler connect sounds with letters, which is the basis for reading and writing.

Use different voices for different characters and emotions. Amuse your 2-year-old and help him start to identify variations in speech. We use into-nation to help us communicate. “We’re showing kids how to be playful with language.”

Follow your child's lead.

Don’t get hung up on reading every single word in a book or even finishing every single story that you start. If your toddler gets bored mid-sentence and walks away to go play with his toys, let him. By doing so, you're honoring his desires, which is important for his developing self-esteem. And you're reinforcing the basic idea that reading is an activity that's meant to be enjoyed and not a must do chore.

story time to boost your toddler's brain power

Let's go to the library.

One way of incorporating  reading into your toddler's day is to participate in Story Time program at the local library or bookstore. These usually run 25 minutes and may include sing-alongs, playtime, and crafts in addition to readings. There are many advantages to these events: children love being read to in a new and stimulating environment as well as the opportunity to make to meet new friends.

One of the greatest benefits kids this age get from toddler time is socializing with their peers. It helps them get comfortable with being around groups of people.

To make the most of your child's experience:

  • Try to arrive promptly.
  • Sit with your child on your lap or at least close by.  
  • Sing along and do the finger plays with a group, you're a role mode.
  • Emphasize positive behavior. ( I love hearing you sing)
  • If your toddler gets fussy or squirmy, take a quick water break then rejoin the group.
  • Try to check out some of the books that are read or displayed at home.
  • Spend some extra time browsing through the children's collection, either before or after the activities.

This lets your child see all the wonderful reading, choices, and possibilities. Don’t despair if your child isn't into the program at first. But keep trying, most kids warm-up story time eventually.