If you want to teach your toddler to read, here are some suggestions for building their understanding of vocabulary. Prior to learning these ways, my bedtime stories were okay, but not really engaging. Now that I have a complete understanding of these, I can make even the dullest book seem like the BOMB!
1. Repetitive Reading: One key to building vocabulary is to do repetitive reading. Experts suggest that parents read the same book to toddlers 3 times a week. The repetition helps kids remember and really learn the words.
2. PAT the Vocabulary: PAT stands for Point, Act Out, and Tell. Don’t just read to get it over with. Guide your child’s eyes to certain words in the book and dramatically explain them. (See more details at “Repeated Interactive Read-Alouds”)
3. Everyday Conversations: Use some of your stories’ vocabulary during dinner discussions or car ride conversations. Recall events that happened in the story that you and your child may experience during your daily activities.
4. Interactive Books: Below, I have compiled a list of interactive books that I have enjoyed with my toddler. These books can be used to push in and pull out language with your toddler while building deep and complete understanding of vocabulary. My daughter has found these books (from our Amazon affiliate) to be fun and relate-able.
Infant to 1 year old
Baby Sounds By Joy Allen
Mouse’s First Day of School By Lauren Thompson
Grandpa and Me By Karen Katz
Welcome Fall By Jill Ackerman
1 to 2 year old
Mouse’s First Fall By Lauren Thompson
Owl Babies By Martin Waddell
Pete The Cat I Love My White Shoes By Eric Williams
No David By David Shannon
The Very Hungry Caterpillar By Eric Cole
Lola at the Library By Anna McQuinn
2 to 3 year old
The Monster Who Ate My Peas By Danny Schnitzlein
Will I Have a Friend? By Miriam Cohen
My First Day at Nursery School By Becky Edwards
The New Baby By Mercer Mayer