Reading Lists:

Reading with your busy toddler while she orbits the room is fine—she is still listening! Encourage your toddler by having fun with the sounds in silly words, like “fuzzy-wuzzy.” Toddlers learn new words easily every day, so choose books that follow her interests and have uncommon words. And since repetition helps build brain connections, it’s good to read her favorites again and again.

Ask your child, “How does this music make you want to move?” When children move to music, they begin to feel the beat. Sing your favorite songs or make up silly songs for fun. When families share stories, songs and books with their children, they give them the message that learning to read and write is important.

Talk with your toddler about things they are familiar with—what they ate for breakfast, what they did yesterday, what they made with the playdough, etc. Talk and sing everywhere you go.

Children experiment with writing, as they do everything, because they are curious. They grasp crayons and markers in various ways and in a wide range of motions — fast and furious to slow and steady. Most people call these beginning marks “scribbling.” Instead, try calling children’s first scribbles “magic marks” and see how proud they are.