We all know that talking with your baby or toddler helps language and communication development. The more words children hear, the more synapses are connecting and firing in their little brain. So it’s no surprise that reading to babies lead to stronger vocabularies and better literacy skills by the time they start school. The biggest takeaway is that even though they may not be talking yet, it doesn’t mean they’re not learning.
I have a confession. This week I took the girls to the library and Chanel ran straight to the books, grabbed some and immediately geeked out. And Nora? She was running up and down the aisles. When I finally got a few books for her, she thought it would be funny to throw them on the floor. And then it hit me! I use to read to Chanel ALL the time. We would read books over and over until the books were bent out of shape. And with Nora? I don’t even know where our books are around the house!
I’m big on VISUAL and presentation so when I got home this is what I set up. And you guys, their books were SO dusty. The shelf is a spice shelf from Ikea and it works great for kids if you attach it low to the wall (easy access). I also created a book rotation system where you rotate 4-5 books out every week and even theme it up! Let me just finish by saying that, this set up led to a lot more reading in one day than… do I have to finish that sentence? Happy Reading!