Your child needs positive human interaction to fully develop physically, mentally, and emotionally. Human interaction includes simple tasks such as talking, singing, playing, writing and reading; the five suggested practices to get your child ready to read! Through human interaction, your child’s brain will develop to its fullest potential and he or she will feel loved and be more willing to learn, listen and grow.
How can you interact with your child? Below are a few ideas:
- Play with your child outside, or play make believe inside
- Talk with your child about his or her day, favorite color, or anything you can think of!
- Sing favorite songs, sing sentences in books, or make up silly songs that rhyme together
- Write your child's name, allow him or her to scribble with chalk, or draw pictures together
- Read books together, point out the letters in different signs you see outside, and read even more!
Wordless picture books are a great way to promote parent-child interaction. Books without words may seem intimidating and strange, but have your child tell the story based on the illustrations and ask different questions as you move through the story. Using wordless picture books will encourage your child to talk, interpret pictures, and use his or her imagination. Below is a list of wordless picture books (or books that contain very few words) that will encourage interaction through talking:
- "Banana!" by Ed Vere
- "Hug" by Jez Alborough
- "Where’s Walrus?" by Stephen Savage
- "Good Night, Gorilla" by Peggy Rathmann
- "Bow-Wow Bugs a Bug!" by Mark Newgarden
- "Chalk" by Bill Thomson
- "Journey" by Aaron Becker
- "Pancakes for Breakfast" by Tomie de Paola
- "Mr. Wuffles" by David Wiesner
- "My Friend Rabbit" by Eric Rohmann
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