Promoting Literacy in our Baby

We love reading and writing in our household and we are very keen to pass on our love of books to our children. Reading is such an important aid for the development and improvement of vocabulary, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and writing; and it opens up worlds beyond one’s imagination. It has the ability to fire creativity in a way nothing else can, and it’s wonderful to be able to read and to have access to good quality reading resources.

Precious Sparkle focusing on the book his dad finished reading this weekend.

It is thus no surprise that we’ve spent more on books for our little one than on toys. We believe that it is not too early to start nurturing the love of books in our Precious Sparkle. So when he was much younger, we invested in some pre-loved sensory cloth picture books for him to play with. We also make sure that reading time is fun and joyous, even as part of our bedtime routine.

I remember pondering on the value of introducing babies to books so earlier in a Facebook Q & A session I participated in a few months ago. The session left me fully convinced that exposing our child to books and reading in whatever way is meaningful and helpful. We do it out of sheer enjoyment and delight but it’s good to know that we are helping him to lay a solid foundation for good literacy in the future.

Facebook chat about the value of reading / books to babies: definitely worth a read. 🙂

Every book he sees has the potential to touch his curiosity and capture his interest; every touch, feel, taste, and listen fosters his engagement with written words and intrigue with spoken language. Every access we give him to books and words are building blocks for a lifelong love of learning, reading, writing and speaking.

So, when Precious Sparkle showed some interest in a book his dad read this weekend, he was gladly allowed to touch and feel it for as long as he wanted. He did this in a fun and casual way with his dad, and then in a serious and focused manner by himself; so intriguing to watch.

I hope we are setting him up to love books and enjoy reading and writing in the future, and that we are cultivating and nurturing a foundation that will serve his literacy development in years to come.

What do you think of the value of reading / books in early childhood?

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17 thoughts on “Promoting Literacy in our Baby

  1. We started giving my son books early as well. He literally chew some of them. He is not a keen reader but more of an artist as he loves drawing more. But I agree with exposing kids to books early. Just so they are familiar and not scared of it when its time to really read them already. I think that kids seeing adults read nicer as they will get accustomed to this habit too =) #PointShoot
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    • Thanks for your comment Merlinda. I agree with you, I think exposure to books in early childhood definitely breeds familiarity and good memories / associations if they are encouraged to explore. Of course, each child is different and the effects of this exposure will not be the same for everyone. I wish I could draw! Isn’t it wonderful that we have something unique to contribute to the world around us.

  2. I completely agree it is very important and my son has lots of books. He can’t read them yet but he describes the pictures in detail and usually focuses well when I read to him. This is definitely a good practice!

    • Hi Amanda, reading with our little ones however young they are, is definitely good practice. I look forward to when mine can describe the pictures he sees; what a treat that will be. Reading also really helps them to practise focusing on an activity for a period of time, doesn’t it. Thanks for commenting.

  3. It will come as no surprise that I agree with you completely! Sprog has been ‘reading’ with us since he was about a week old, it’s part of our routine every evening and he loves picking books up during the day too. #SundayStars
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    • Reading is lovely, isn’t it. Thanks Julia for dropping by. Books and reading really have a cosy way of bringing family together; they are a real gift to our younger generation. What a lifelong treat you’re giving your children.

  4. I think it so so important to read to children – I read to my two every single day, and they love it!

  5. I think it’s important that books are an integral part of a child’s life from the beginning and it’s never to early to start reading with a child. Books transport children to other worlds, expose them to new experiences, extend their vocabulary and provide an immensely pleasurable experience, both as a solitary activity or sharing. We read every day, it’s an important part of our daily routine 🙂

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    • Hello Catherine, thanks for dropping by. I couldn’t agree more; “books transport children to other worlds, expose them to new experiences, extend their vocabulary and provide an immensely pleasurable experience, both as a solitary activity or sharing.” Reading time is also such a lovely bonding time for the whole family, isn’t it. Let’s keep reading with our children.

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