Reading with your child

Montessori teachers love the questions we receive from parents.  One of the most frequently asked questions is “what can I do or what should I do with my child at home?”

Although there are many exciting and wonderful answers, we have chosen to focus on reading with your child at home.  Reading aloud helps foster language and cognitive development, as well as social and emotional development.  Making reading with your child part of your daily routine may require a little time out of your day, but it will reap huge rewards not only for your child but for you as well. 

Most importantly, it becomes a very special bonding experience, and It is important to enjoy this time together.  This time does not need to be about learning to read, but a fun time together.  Children love listening to stories, nursery rhymes and poetry.  They may ask for the same book over and over.  One of my daughter’s favourite books when she was a toddler was Good Night Moon.  

When your children begin reading on their own, they will want to read to you.  Their teachers are more than happy to guide you with appropriate readers and will most likely start sending books home.  Listen to your child read.  Be proud of their accomplishments.  Remember you are not being asked to teach them how to read but to listen to them read.  Listening to them read, even for as little as twenty minutes a day,  allows them to practice and strengthen their reading skills.

There will come a time when your child prefers to read on their own, hopefully with the same joy and love of reading you shared when reading to them.

The following includes a few of our favourite books to read aloud: