(Remember , children develop at their own rate this is guidance only)
At this stage children should learn that books give pleasure. They need to handle books, enjoy the pictures and hear lots of stories and rhymes. This is not the time to worry about testing them on the words they know or sounding out words. Just enjoy the time you spend together sharing books.
This will give children the best foundation for learning to read and love books. Grandparents and big brothers and sisters can be part of this too.
♦ Read to your child as often as possible - any time, any p!ace, anywhere - in bed, in the car, in the bath. Also, try to keep a special time for reading, when you can cuddle up together
♦Bring stories to life with lots of expression and silly voices
♦Talk about the stories and pictures and play 'Guess what's going to happen next'
♦ Read favourite books over and over again. You might have had enough of reading 'the Hungry Caterpillar' but young children love familiarity
♦Learn rhymes and songs together so you both know them by heart and can point to the words as you recite them together
♦ Car boot sales are a great place for book bargains.
♦ Go the library - books are free to loan and they have a great selection of books for children. Librarians love having babies and children in the library. Remember if you enrol your child so they have their own card, they will receive no fines if books are late!
♦ Play a game of spot the words on signs and labels - on the street, in shops and in your cupboards
♦ Make sure your child sees you reading newspapers, books and magazines - show them it's cool to read!
(Taken from the booklet: Read to me from Welsh Government)