13 Things Babies Learn When We Read with Them
By Julia Luckenbill
We all know that it’s good to read to our babies. But what exactly are they learning? Here are just some of the things your baby can learn as you read together.
- I can explore how books are the same and how they are different by tasting and touching them.
- There is always something hiding behind the flap; my favorite pictures are always in the same place in a book.
- Listening is part of communication and language includes listening and understanding.
- Things come in different colors, sizes, and shape.
- It’s fun to play with language, and explore rhythm, rhyme and humor.
- When I do something, another thing happens; if I point at a picture, my mom or dad will tell me its name. If I drop the book, we might stop reading.
- I love books and one day I will love to read on my own.
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