I am seeing such an explosion in language skills in my 18 month old daughter. She is quick to imitate words verbally and shows great comprehension of words, displayed especially when reading. I will ask her to identify objects/animals/situations in the book and she will accurately point them out. I have been reading to her since her newborn days. In addition to reading the text, I always try to describe what the pictures are conveying and how they relate to the story. It’s wonderful to see that she is actually absorbing that information and learning!
Especially amazing to me is when reading the book, Go, Dog, Go! we get to the last page and she exclaims, “PARTY!” Then we linger on this page for a while and I ask her questions like: “Where is the sleeping dog? Where is the dog serving cake? Where are the dogs jumping on the trampoline? Where is the dog jumping rope?” The first time I did this with her at 17 months old, I didn’t expect her to point them out correctly, but she did and it completely blew my mind. (But then again, as a first time mom, every new development leaves me awestruck.)
Go, Dog. Go! is one of Baby Champuru’s favorite books and she calls it by her version of the title (“go dog!”). She will go through an entire stack of books in a basket to find this particular one. Even at this age she is forming opinions and discovering her preferences. This book is a great “first reader” and I highly recommend it.
I believe that reading to your child at an early age helps develop language skills and a love for reading that will stay with them for a lifetime. What are your children’s favorite books?
Who is Champuru?Aloha, I'm Donna, known everywhere on the Internet as "Champuru." I was born and raised in Hawaii. I'm a Christian. I'm married to my best friend of 18 years, we struggled with infertility and successfully conceived via IVF (and by the grace of God!) in 2008. I resigned from my coveted "secure" government job to be a work-at-home mom to my 3-year-old daughter. Using my degree in Information Technology and the skills obtained in the marketplace, I started my own business. Now, I work from home, taking clients on a part-time basis, working in my PJ's while the little one sleeps. Life isn't always easy, but it's all good.