Friday, February 12, 2016

My Niece Reads a Book

My sister-in-law Anne just sent me a video that I know you all will enjoy. It shows my 18-month-old niece reading one of her favorite books, Opposites by Sandra Boynton.

Anne and her husband have been reading to their daughter since the day she was born. They have a basket of books beside every couch and comfy chair, which allows them to read to her throughout the day.

But what about the little ones who have a difficult time sitting still? Anne stresses the importance of making reading fun. She recommends keeping kids' hands busy while you read by giving them a toy or another book to hold. Even if it seems like they aren't paying attention, they are absorbing more than you may think. Allowing children to help turn the pages also keeps them attentive.

It is important to choose books with fewer words per page. According to Anne, who has a degree in elementary education, teaching babies and toddlers individual words will be more helpful in the long-run than reading them a long story.

14 comments:

  1. Anonymous2/12/2016

    Aww, how cute...and very smart!

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  2. Anonymous2/12/2016

    Good advice from someone who sounds like she knows what she is talking about! Thanks!

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  3. Sarah L2/13/2016

    So ADORABLE!!!! She is very smart.

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  4. Anonymous2/13/2016

    That is so cute! For her age she is advanced, I think.

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  5. Anonymous2/13/2016

    I like your blog Ellie. It offers insights into a Godly, Christian family in the South of US, sort of like the Duggars were before we lost touch with a lot of their daily living communications. At first I loved learning whatever I could about how the Duggars were living and doing things, but lately there is less information on that. Thanks for just putting some ordinary, everyday stuff out there. It always seems to stimulate some internet searches, thinking and dialogue in the comments. This stuff is relevant and useable.

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    1. I'm thrilled that you are blessed by my blog. I always enjoy hearing feedback.

      Thanks for reading. :)
      Ellie

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  6. Anonymous2/13/2016

    I read to my daughter from the time she was born, and I did alphabet and word flash cards with her too. She started reading two months after her fourth birthday, and a one year later she was reading at a fifth grade level. I'm sure your niece will probably be the same way. She's adorable. I think our kids are as smart as we make them. In my opinion, a child will learn most anything we teach them, even at a young age. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. That's impressive! Thanks for sharing your story. :)

      Ellie

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  7. Anonymous2/13/2016

    So cute. And smart.

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  8. Hi Ellie,

    I am a regular reader of your blog, but have never commented before.

    I enjoyed watching the video of your niece, but just wanted to comment on your the comment that "teaching babies and toddlers individual words will be more helpful in the long-run than reading them a long story."

    I'm an elementary school teacher with a Master's of education (and more than 9 years of classroom experience.) According to the research, one of the best things any parent can do for their child's development is to read to them. However, children need to be read a variety of different books. Longer stories tend to have more complex vocabulary, and it's important for children to hear this as well, not just short ones.

    When babies or toddlers are "reading" they are actually memorizing. This is great! However, isn't really reading. Children aren't developmentally ready to read until anywhere between 4-6.

    Just wanted to clear up any misconceptions!

    Thanks for listening!

    Madeleine

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    1. Thanks for sharing your expertise, Madeleine! I'm blessed to have you as a reader.

      Ellie

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    2. Of course! Thanks for responding :)

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  9. Anonymous2/22/2016

    I love children's books! I suggest A Home for Dakota, Maggie’s Second Chance, and KokoCat Inside and Out. A good book makes a great gift. I like the Mr. Putter and Tabby series for young readers too. The main character is an older gentleman, so it teaches kids to be kind to their elders.

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    1. Thank you for those suggestions. I agree that a good book makes a great gift!

      Blessings,
      Ellie

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