Talking and reading with babies, as well as sharing rhymes, songs, telling stories and reading books is always a fun way for educators and babies to play and spend time together in our Morningside Nursery.
Importantly, it also starts to develop children’s speech and a love of reading. This is a great way for educators to introduce young children to new and interesting words, and provides time to practice babbling and speaking, as well as teaching them about how books work.
Our educators understand it is never too early, or too late, to start talking and reading with babies. They may not understand the words at first, but they love hearing the sound of our voices and they learn that reading is important and fun. Most importantly, it is a wonderful opportunity for our educators to bond with your baby.
Our Morningside Nursery Educators
- Aim to spend some time every day sharing stories with your baby.
- Don’t rush and make sure they speak slowly and clearly.
- Watch your baby’s face and smile or reply to your baby’s sounds.
- Pause often. This way babies have the chance to understand.
- Plan to include reading as part of your baby’s routine, such as after nappy change, or before nap times.
- Follow your child’s cues and continue while your baby is engaged.
How our Nursery educators share books with your baby:
- Choose books with large, bright pictures. Babies love pictures of babies and children, especially their faces.
- Our educators read the words or just talk about the pictures. They point out single objects, animals or people.
- Babies find books fascinating, but will often look at their educators and make eye contact with them as they are reading. They are watching how our educators use their mouth to speak, and tune in to their voice.
- Have fun with the story doing silly voices and make funny noises.
- Keep a selection of board books within reach for babies to explore on their own.
- Educators encourage everyone to read, talk and share stories with our babies.
- As they get older, our educators let babies show books to them. Board books are strong so your baby can grab pages and will even mouth them. It’s ok, it’s all part of learning!
Talking and reading with babies – Step by step in learning
Babies begin to learn language skills from the moment they are born. Babies learn to talk by listening to us talk and read to them, and by babbling with sounds and words. Our educators are patient and understand it will take time before they are able to speak back, but in the meantime their brain is busy developing the skills they need with every moment our educators spend talking, reading and playing together.
- Most babies will say their first words between 12 and 18 months. They will have a burst of language development before they turn two, and begin to join words together by two and a half years.
- Most three year olds will use three to four word sentences and be understood by familiar adults most of the time.
- By four, children will use four to five word sentences, use grammar correctly most of the time, and be understood by most people.
The more talking and reading with babies that we do, the more they’ll understand about language and words.