Prior to young children starting school, it is important to instill in them a love of reading. In order to do this you really have to take the time and expose your child to books early in their life. This is especially important if you want to give your child a jump start in their education. From the time a child is born it is important to start building their library. Taking the time to purchase a few books over the course of the first few years of their life, can really prove to be beneficial.
You can start reading to your children when they are first born. You may no think they understand what you are saying and reading to them, but it will have more of an affect than you think. By the time your child is about the age of four, you can make it a daily routine to spend time reading several books with them. Making sure that the library is fully stocked by this time, makes reading a lot more interesting. A variety of books for children to look through keeps it fun and gives them an opportunity to select their own books. Once you start to see what books they really enjoy reading, you can purchase more books that are similar to this one.
Another benefit is that it will h help your child really look forward to starting school when the time comes. If they already have a lover of books, they are more likely to have a love of learning. If at first your child does not really like books at first you can also use coloring books. There are plenty of story coloring books which you can read along with your child as they color. If your child already loves books, than coloring books can also help them to make good progress as well. Coloring can help them to develop really good motor skills. Teach them the proper way to hold a crayon and help them with coloring in the lines. This really helps the store to come alive for your little one. I have found it to be a good idea to have an equal amount of coloring books, and regular books.
Not having any children’s books in your home while your child is young can really be damaging to them in the long run. Your children need to see how much you really love books yourself. Remember that children love to copy what they see their parents do. If your children see you reading they will more than likely want to do the same?