BABIES & TODDLERS
Understanding Milestones & the Importance of Read Alouds
First, let's examine the key developmental milestones for language and literacy for babies and toddlers.
This is an amazing compilation of tips for parents of youngsters ages zero to three. Be sure to look at the developmental expectations. However, (and this applies to every age guideline, keep in mind that every child develops differently. It is not always a time to panic if your child does not meet the developmental expectations (but it is always worth consulting your pediatrician if you are concerned).
Next, let's examine how important reading aloud is to young children - from the very start!
Check out this video about how reading aloud to very young children promotes brain development.
For a great summary of ideas, check out 'Reading Tips for Parents of Toddlers' from Reading Rockets.
Check out this article 'Reading Aloud to Your Child 15 Minutes a Day is Important'
Finally, this TED talk 'Why we should all be reading aloud to children' is an essential watch.