Updated: Aug 2, 2018
Researchers have told us that music can stimulate babies in the womb, but can reading to them have the same effect? A study has suggested that newborns can distinguish their mother’s voice from other female voices, so the question is, why wouldn’t we expose babies to language in utero? So let’s begin there.
Check out this great article: www.huffingtonpost.ca/canadian-paediatric-society/early-family-literacy_b_9077688.html
Next, parents might find it helpful to integrate books as toys from birth. Use soft books or bath books to introduce them to babies’ environments. Let them touch, play, investigate, and even chew on age-appropriate books.
Here’s some more information on literacy from the Canadian Paediatric Society.
When you're a mother, there is nothing scarier than a quiet toddler. Either they’ve fallen asleep (and it’s not nap time!) or they are into something they shouldn’t be (no colouring on the walls!). I had one of these moments about a year ago, and I crept into the living room imagining my walls covered in crayon or the couch destroyed. What I found, I will never forget: my toddler sitting quietly on the floor “reading” one of his books.
“There is powerful new evidence from neuroscience that the early years of development from conception to age six, particularly for the first three years, set the base for competence and coping skills that affect learning, behaviour and health throughout life.” Alberta Health Services
Let’s give our children the start they need to be successful in the literate world. And let's give ourselves a few moments of peace!