As a Charlotte Mason homeschooler, books are an important part of our home, including our little ones. In this post, I would like to share why I believe book time for toddlers and preschoolers are very important to their development.
Why is book time for toddlers and preschoolers important:
Part of Learning
Book are and for most of their lives will be the source of much of their learning. Teaching toddlers and preschoolers to love books, being read to them and enjoyed on their own at an early age will give them a head start in this part of learning. Giving them books that have alphabets, numbers, colors, shapes, people, animals, flowers, plants and things that they see in their daily lives in and out of the house, will build their knowledge and help with the beginning stages to reading.
Builds Independent Creativity
Books are where ideas comes from, which is really important to building independent creativity in them. The kinds of books that will help with this will have people (children and adults) doing things, like building with blocks, playing with puppets, riding bikes, drawing, fixing cars, cooking dinner, grocery shopping or playing with others. Children learn through the ideas that are displayed before and when they see something that sparks their imagination, they then can turn that idea into independent creativity by emulating what they see in the books. They already do this with what they hear and see others doing within their home, out of the house and on television.
Creates Motivated Learners
When they gather ideas from books and their creativity beings to flourish it is then that motivation is created. They will then be inspired to push new ideas that they have on their own or will begin to be interested in other things because they have found out they exist. I love allowing my children to browse sections of the library to see what sparks new ideas that become the things that motivate them.
It is these reasons why we should incorporate book time into our toddlers and preschoolers days. I would also encourage you to have an area of books that they can use at any time of the day and encourage them to spend a few minutes looking at books of their own. My children have always loved having their own book time.
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