‘The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go!’ ~Dr. Seuss
Zane and I try really hard to read with our kids every day/night, since they were in my belly. I say ‘try,’ because well, life happens and we don’t always get to it. So when I was at our local library a few months ago and saw the ‘1,000 Books Before Kindergarten’ program, I knew that we had to do it, and I wished we knew about it years go! Basically, the goal is to read 1,000 books to your kid before he/she starts kindergarten. Since we started, my kids have been obsessed with getting their books marked in my phone app. If you think about it, if you only read one book a day, in a year you would have read 365 books, 730 in two years, and 1,095 books in three years! Considering that most kids start kindergarten at age 5, you have plenty of time to do it. You can read any book, and you even get credit for repeating books over and over again (like my kids like to do). You can go to your local library here in the U.S. and get a card to keep track of the books your read to your kids, or you can download their app for iPhone and iPad. Go to 1000booksbeforekindergarten.org for more info and freebees!
I have also included below seven tips for reading to your infants and toddlers, that you can find on their website. HAPPY READING!
Seven Tips for Reading to Infants and Toddlers
Please keep in mind that it is never too early to start reading to your children! If your child learns early to associate reading with pleasure, she is more likely to enjoy reading on her own when she is older.
- Keep it Fun and Enjoyable – children like to do what is fun and enjoyable. Make reading fun and enjoyable. Stories should rarely be read in a monotone voice. Bring out the inner actor in yourself. Change your voice, make sounds, and laugh. Most of all make it fun and enjoyable.
- Hold your Child While you Read – while you are still able to (provided that she hasn’t grown too big); hold your child while you read. Does she have a favorite blanket or toy? If so, incorporate using the favorite blanket or toy in your reading. For example, try using the blanket to create a fort. May be you can read to the favorite toy.
- Interact with your Child – give your child the opportunity to read along. Ask a lot of questions. Although most books can probably be read in less than five (5) minutes; lengthen the reading process.
- Read Books about What Interests your Child – Is your child excited about Dora the Explorer? What about Peppa the Pig? What about Curious George? Try to find books about things that interest your child. When your child gets older, take her to the library and she can choose her own books.
- Incorporate Reading into a Daily Routine – Does your child like to be read to in the morning, after lunch, after dinner, or at bedtime? Make reading something that your child looks forward to. At the same time, do not make reading a rote and mundane event. If your child wants to skip her daily reading, that’s okay, too.
- Repetition– Does your child like to be read the same story over and over? That’s okay. Read the same stories again and again. Your child will start enjoying the repetition and become familiar with the way stories are organized.
- Keep Track of your Child’s Success – Keep track of your child’s success. Use a composition notebook, use the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten iPhone App; use any method that you want. Give your child praise after she listens to a certain amount of books. Soon, she’ll be asking you to “write down” the books after she hears them.
1,000 Libros Antes de Kinder
“Mientras mas leas, mas vas a saber. Mientras mas aprendas, a mas lugares vas a ir!’ ~Dr. Seuss
Zane y yo tratamos de leerles a nuestros hijos todos los dias, desde que han estado en la pancita de su mama. Digo que ‘tratamos,’ porque hay dias en los que no alcanzamos a hacerlo. Cuando fui a la biblioteca de nuestra ciudad hace unos meses, me di cuenta de que tenian un programa que se llamaba ‘1,000 Libros antes de Kinder.’ Basicamente, la mision es leerle a tus hijos 1,000 libros antes de que comienzen la escuela. A mis hijos les ha encantado poder anotar todos los libros que les leemos. Si lo pensamos bien, si solo les leemos un librito al dia, en un ano habran leido (o escuchado) 365 libros, en dos anos 730, y en tres 1,095 libros! Para participar en el programa pueden bajar la aplicacion en sus telefonos o tabletas, o ir a cualquier biblioteca y pedir una tarjeta para anotar los libros que han leido. Para mas informacion vayan a 1000booksbeforekindergarten.org!