How can I teach my toddler to read?

Play with language

Support oral language development by talking, singing, and playing often with your toddler. Use clear language, plenty of eye contact, and be sure to respond enthusiastically to his or her attempts to communicate—this gives your child confidence in his communication skills. Have fun acting out favorite stories or doing finger plays.

Share a book

Let your child choose the books you read together, and prompt your child to talk about the text. Be sure you offer both storybooks and nonfiction texts (research has shown that nonfiction texts often prompt even more discussion between parents and children). Whenever possible, have another child join in the experience—this can generate even more fruitful discussions of the text. Remember the goal of your shared reading time is to foster a love of reading while helping your child understand what is read.

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