Brain-Building: Talking, Interacting, Reading Aloud + Storytelling

April 01, 2024

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E3 Elevate Early Education
Young students playing with blocks and other thought provoking toys.

What to Do with Babies

  • Talk. Talk. Talk. They need to hear words to help their brains develop.
  • Repeat the sounds they make back to them.
  • Talk about what you are doing as you unload the groceries, cook dinner or go through town.
  • Use books to provide back and forth interactions.
  • Read aloud using a sing-song voice to grab their attention.
  • Help them hold the book, listen to the story, turn pages and chew on the corners(that is ok)!
  • Sing songs.
  • Make animal sounds and connect back to the animal.

Lisa Howard reading and interacting with students at the New E3 School.

What to Do with Toddlers

  • Give them books to hold, turn pages and look through.
  • Let them make up their own stories.
  • Look at the book, point to objects you see and name them.
  • Words matter and help build a child’s vocabulary.
  • Say rhyming words and make up a silly rhyme.
  • Take books everywhere you go.
  • Ask questions about the book to help them understand what is happening in the story.
  • Say look at the ladybug. It is read with five black spots. What do ladybugs eat?

Books organized in bins in a classroom.

What to Do with Preschoolers

  • Make reading and books part of your everyday life.
  • Put books everywhere.
  • Visit the local library or book store.
  • Model reading through family reading time. You read, they read.
  • Let them use the pictures in a book to tell their own a story.
  • Tell stories to each other.
  • Talk to each other and ask questions.
  • Make story time fun and interesting. Make sounds, noises and sound out words.
  • Spend time together cuddled up with books.