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Reading is fundamental. But what a lot of today's television age children never learn is that its also fun. It is quite a thing to teach a child to love reading. Here are some ways to nurture such a love :

Choose appropriate books
Be selective in choosing the books. Toddlers love board books, bath tub books, pop up books, choose books and large clear, bright, realistic but cheerful illustrations. Most toddlers prefer rhyming books. Choose books which a child can hold easily and manipulate himself.

Be persistent
Many toddlers do little but squirm the first few times, they're read to, but persistence usually pays off. Make a special time such as early morning a cuddly reading session in his bed. A regular reading time establishes a calming routine young children love.

Be creative
Choose books about her favourite activity visiting the zoo, swimming, playing, cartoon characters, TV shows characters which your baby woes - read books based on them. You know what interests your toddler better than a book author does.

Be interactive
When you read a story for the first time look for characters, objects, colours, ideas. Your toddler isn't familiar with and take the opportunity to introduce them out wherever you go, you can show your child that words are an important part of everyday life. Point out words everywhere. Even the young toddler will soon learn the STOP sign.

Be expressive
It is said "Its not what you say, but how you say it matters". Make story telling interesting. No one likes to listen to a monotone.

Be repetitious
Toddlers love to hear the same story over and over again. The reason for this is that they are so thirsty to learn. You'll soon find that your toddler has memorised her favourite passage and is eager to supply key phrases herself.

Be brief
A toddler can concentrate for a very short while before he gets distracted again short books and short reading session sit best with a toddler who can't sit still.

Be cuddly
Children who come to associate reading with cozy comfort of being curled up on mummy or daddy's lap, almost enjoy reading books later on.

Be a good example
Your child wants to imitate you. Children of readers are more likely to end up readers themselves. Modeling your own love of reading is more powerful than making your child sit through a rigid story time.


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