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Follow their Lead

One of the best ways to support your child’s development is to notice what they are interested in and talk about that. Is your child looking at or pointing to something? Is he or she making a sound or facial expression? That’s your cue to focus on what your child is paying attention to.

“Child-adult relationships that are responsive & attentive-with lots of back and forth interactions-build a strong foundation in a child's brain for future learning & development.” - Center on the Developing Child Harvard University

When choosing books to read aloud, the same principle applies. Let your child choose which books to read. If you start reading and your child doesn’t seem interested, try a different book. This strategy will build your child’s love of reading and later motivation to learn to read.

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