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How to Teach your Child to Read?

Reading is one of the skills that every child should develop from their young age of life. However, in order to develop his reading habits, you need to start teaching to read as early as possible. This can be from the infant age or even during the pregnancy. However, I don’t mean that you need to teach lessons on how to read books. Instead, create a good learning environment around your kid when he or she is really young. You can teach reading for your toddler by giving him lot of age appropriate books or by reading together with him. This will be a good start for your kid to learn reading.

Don’t forget that reading style of parents to their preschoolers have great impact on how much they love reading and how gladly they learn to read on their own. So, start from young age. Give books for your infant or toddler. Read books for your kid even during your pregnancy. All these will affect your kid in a positive way.

How to Teach your Child to Read?

Here we list out some tips to help develop reading habits in your child. If you look for how to teach your child to read, these tips will be helpful for you.

How to Teach your Child to Read?

Read rich illustration contents:

Choose books with illustrations as they trigger conversation starters, which is important for child development. Kids will create stories around the illustrations and this is the basic foundation of reading books.

Easy DIY Reading corner for toddler

Ask questions on the illustrations:

Kids of 16-24 months old will add more words to their vocabulary than they do at any other age. Some first and easy words to learn and label from illustrations are like ‘tree, dog, etc’. So when you see a picture of a dog, ask your kid, ‘do you see the dog? Base knowledge of nouns helps them put in other parts of speech quickly. You will soon notice dogs are turning into ‘brown dog’! They will even say ‘there are two brown dogs’ or there is one brown dog’!

Provide some obvious details:

Share things about books that you may neglect such as author’s name and what he does. Show your kid how to hold a book, show how to read sentences from left to right and how to turn pages. These are basic reading steps making your kids to read independently soon.

Relate plots to real life:

When you read a book about a girl going to the grocery store, encourage your kid to speak about a time she came to the grocery store with you. Ask questions and allow kids to open a dialogue of storytelling. Relating plots to real life will help him or her remember the book and vocabulary.

With all above tips, surround your kid with lot of books. You can get books from the library or even you can buy quality age appropriate books for affordable rates.

With such tips, we hope you will develop good reading habits for your kid from his early stages of life.

 

How to Teach Reading for your Toddler

The topic ‘How to Teach Reading for your Toddler’ sounds more stressful if you imagine of your really young kid reads a book alone. Sure, they can’t read alone. And I don’t mean that you have to sit with your toddler and start teaching him or her to read books. However, as early learners toddlers are capable of grabbing the new ideas and skills. Your young toddler can start developing good reading habits before he even learns to read.

In this post I want to share some of my experiences and what I do to improve his reading skills. Before teaching our toddler to read, I always created reading environment around him and those helped him to develop his reading habits. Here are our some of the tried and tested tips to help you to develop a reader in your kid!

How to Teach Reading for your Toddler

How to Teach Reading for your Toddler

Start reading from the day your newborn arrives home

Yes, you can start developing a reader right when your newborn arrives home from the hospital. Newborns respond to the rhythm of a voice and being drew close on a warm lap. There are books with nursery rhymes or beautiful pictures which are suitable for toddlers and infants.

Read before your toddler

When you read books, blogs or magazines, make it before your toddler. Children learn from what they see. If they observe that you are interested in reading, they are more likely to catch up the enthusiasm. They will sure follow you and start showing interest on books.

Set a reading space

You can modify a corner of the couch or a chair and make it a reading space in your toddler’s room. Arrange a spot that is comfy, has good lighting and space to keep a few books. This will make your toddler cozy and comfort with reading. We created a reading corner for our kid and he enjoys his time there. Sometimes it is just arranging books. There are times he just plays with books. But he loves his time at the reading corner.

Visit library with your toddler

how to teach reading for your toddler

Many libraries conduct story hours or literary programs for young kids. Take trips to the library with your toddler to give him a chance to raise good reading habits and also see other kids doing the same thing. You can borrow books when you are a member of the library. These books are good enough to read together with your kid.

Inspire toddlers to choose what to read

Visit library and give your child time to choose books that catches his interest. Children are more probably want to read books that they chose themselves. These activities create some responsibility and he will also improve his self-confidence.

Find reading moments during daily activities

How to Teach Your Toddler to Read

Reading a Menu is a good idea when there is no new book around 🙂

You can help your child to watch out for reading moments. It can be reading road signs, magazines or leaflets. A toddler can easily recognize the alphabet letters on Newspapers or on the leaflets. I do the same with my kid asking him to show me the letters in Newspapers.

Create a bedtime reading routine

If you read bedtime stories for your kid, this will be a daily habit. We read few books before go to the bed. Now it is a daily routine which my kid enjoys. That reading time also help to improve our bonding. So we love our bedtime reading routine!

Give your toddler lot of books

how to teach reading for your toddler

how to teach reading for your toddler

Surround your toddler with lot of age appropriate books. Create a mini library at your home. We have a collection of books which are suitable for toddlers. Other than the books we buy, we also keep the magazines which my kid can easily spend time among pictures and letters.

Other than the expensive books for toddlers, we also buy books for affordable rates. Sometimes I buy books from flea markets which are used books. But still, these books are great additions for our mini library. After all it is my kid who loves to read!

Use Book Subscription services

Book subscriptions services are really great as it is like receiving a gift each month. I found my kids love for books when he receives a book subscription by mail. The excitement for his new books last for days and he repeats reading the new books he receive.

Above are some of the things and tips which we use at our home to improve reading skills of our kid. Do you use any of these tips? If you know any other idea, please share below

 

 

 

 

The Groovy Giraffe – Online Bookstore Singapore for Children’s Books #Review

The Groovy Giraffe is our latest finding for buying children’s books online for really affordable rates. We love our experiences. So, this is my Groovy Giraffe review which will be helpful for you to decide on your next book purchase for your kids!

We all know that reading to our kids is one of the best things which we can do from their early stages of life. I started reading books for my son when he was just few months old. Now we continue the same habit and we have established a bed time reading routine too. There are many advantages of reading books for kids including improving the communication skills, better literacy, academic skills and mastering the language. There are many more reasons to read with kids. Reading will also develop a stronger relationship between the parent and the kid. With all these reasons, we always surround our kid with age appropriate books for him to read including the books from the library.

The Groovy Giraffe Review

The Groovy Giraffe #Review

However, it is not a secret that children’s books are quiet expensive if you buy those from a local book store. This can be a reason for some parents to not to buy books for their kids. But, you can easily buy books from online bookshops as most of the bookshops sell high quality books for affordable rates. Most of the time, online bookshops sell the books for a rate lower than the local book store.

What is Groovy Giraffe?

The Groovy Giraffe review

Have you heard of The Groovy Giraffe? The Groovy Giraffe is the Singapore’s first online children’s remainder bookstore. You can find brand new, high quality books there for a really lower rate. The books are not second hand or used books. Instead, these books are directly from the publishers which are over printed or with minor shelf wear marks.

Are the books selling at the Groovy Giraffe, brand new?

The books at The Groovy Giraffe   are brand new and overprint books which may have some minor shelf wear. However, you will notice the heavy discounts which you can obtain from the remainder books.

But, I know you have doubts about the quality of the books, right? Then, see the pictures below. The books I ordered are such remainder books which are heavily discounted. Some books are of over 60% discount. However, all the books we bought are of great quality which I can’t even find any remainder mark.

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Books bought from Groovy Giraffe

I bought some of the books from the bargain collection. At first, I also had the doubt of the books from the bargain collection. But, actually I can’t find any visible difference in bargain books and normal priced books which I received from the Groovy Giraffe.

 

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Books are of high quality and I couldn’t find any visible mark

How to save money when you buy from The Groovy Giraffe?

Well, buying children’s books from the Groovy Giraffe itself is a way of saving money as the prices of the books are heavily discounted.(sometimes over 60%). However, here are some of other ways for you to save some more money when you buy from the Groovy Giraffe!

Use the Coupon Code

Coupon codes are so much popular in saving money. Use the Groovy Giraffe discount code ‘Newmom5’ at the check out to enjoy 5% discount on your purchases. (Except bargains)

The Groovy Giraffe review

Buy in bulk

You can buy 1 or 2 books without any minimum limit to enjoy the discounted prices of kids’ books. However, you can enjoy free shipping when you order above $50.

Sign up for the Newsletter

When you sign up with the Groovy Giraffe newsletter, you will receive a $5 coupon which you can redeem at your next check out. Isn’t this great when most of the book prices are lower than $5? 🙂 Other than the sign up bonus,you will also enjoy the exclusive offers which you receive via newsletter.

Sign up for the newsletter by visiting here.

Use the bargain section

Books at bargain collection are heavily discounted

You will find heavily discounted books under bargain section.  My experience with these bargain books is really good. I couldn’t notice any noticeable marks in these books. The price? Prices are heavily discounted and those are up to 80%. So, if you look for books for your kids to improve their interest on reading, why don’t you add few books from the bargain section too?

Groovy Giraffe discount code

My kid loves all the books we bought for him.Isn’t it what we want as parents? #GroovyGiraffeReview

Overall, the experience with Groovy Giraffe is really good and we could add few more books for our little library at home. Check Groovy Giraffe book collection here and then you can decide!

Happy Reading!

Our First Visit to the Library with Toddler

Last week we visited the public library. It was the first library visit of our son, so he was really excited with his new experience.

At home we encourage him to read books and we always surround him with books that are good for toddlers. When he was few months old, we introduced him some baby storytime books too. However, we bought most of these books for him. Recently he received new books from Josh & Cherrie subscription box service and Toddle.sg .So he has enough new books to read at home and he loves reading books.

First Visit to the Library

Ready to go to the library.He loves the bags received from Itsmybag.sg and wanted to use one of the bags for this visit.

He also receives one book from his Playgroup library and he has some idea that he needs to return the library book after reading. Although I planned to visit the library with him from long time, it was always postponed. And finally we did it!

First Visit to the Library

The excited kid wanted to walk to the library and he didn’t feel tired! 🙂

When we visited the Kids World Fair last week, we also received some brochures and a book from National Library Board Singapore which encourages young kids to read. That made us really wanting to visit the nearby library.

I always had doubt of my son’s behavior inside the library. As this is the first visit and he is too active, I prepared him along the week for the library visit. I always mentioned him that he cannot talk loud, he needs to sit and read books and finally he needs to return the books which he borrows from the library.

First Visit to the Library

Inside the library.He read many books.

It seems the little guy absorbed the all things that we told him. He behaved really well inside the library. He was so quiet and excited with lots of books to read. Finally he borrowed few books from the library and these days our home is full of reading activities! We had a great first visit to the library!

First Visit to the Library

After borrowing books and after his first library experience,he gave me some serious look for a photo! 🙂

How about you? Do you visit the library with little kids? Do they like their library experience? Please share your thoughts below.

 

 

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Josh & Cherie Books – Perfect Gift for your Kids

We love all the Josh & Cherie Books we received.It is a cute surprise!

It is no secret that any parent loves to raise smart and bright kids. We all like to find the best school, best toys and the best books for kids even when they are at young age. With all such actions, any parent expects to raise their children intelligent and smart.

It is same at our home too. However, we always like to create interesting and fun environment for our son to learn and explore new things. That is why without much effort from us, he learns new things quickly. As part of his skills, we like him to read books. Reading not only educates kids, but also improves their logical thinking. Books with curiosity, adventures and moral stories are great way to enhance language and communication skills of kids and they will also learn social skills which is essential for today’s society.

Josh and Cherie Books

It’s a really cute surprise when we received our Josh & Cherie Book Box! Each books were individually wrapped!

Well, that is all about benefits of reading for kids.

As part of teaching how to read for our toddler, we always buy new books which are suitable for his age. Each month we buy few new books, so he is happy to read those with me. He also loves his reading corner which encourages him to read alone. These reading sessions are full of imaginary stories!

However, I always face difficulty in finding good and interesting books for him to read. As he is a toddler, I like to give him beautiful stories with attractive illustrations. Sometimes these books are really expensive too.

We recently had really great experience with books. It is the time which we received our books from Josh & Cherie!

Josh & Cherie – Singapore’s premium children book subscription service

Josh & Cherie is Singapore’s premium children book subscription service for the kids age between 0-7.Each month  Josh & Cherie sends 2-3 books for your kids and these books are gift wrapped with love which create an exciting first impression. Who doesn’t love to receive gift wrapped and handpicked books at the door step instead of visiting many book stores finding few suitable books? This book subscription service is really convenient for parents and the prices are really affordable.

Josh and Cherie Books review

Josh & Cherie Book Subscription Review – All the books we received are of high quality.

Here are some of the features of Josh & Cherie book subscription service

  • Every month you will get 2-3 books depending on your child’s age group.
  • All the books are handpicked and gift wrapped
  • When compare with the actual price of the books you receive with the subscription rate, the book price is always much cheaper!
  • Through the book subscription service, Josh & Cherie Books hopes to inspire the love of reading among the little ones in way of creating the excitement. Their books are delivered as gifts which are wrapped individually.

Our experience and review of Josh & Cherie Books

Above are the details about this Singapore premium book subscription service. Our experience is really good and exciting. The day we received the box of books, I understood how a little one can be excited when they received a gift just for them. He was really excited and he couldn’t wait till I help him to open the box.

Josh and Cherie Books Subscription review

Opening each books were really exciting!

And the results! Each book is individually wrapped and there is a lovely message written for him in the box. He loved it! He received a gift!

I really understood the difference between buying him 2-3 books from a bookstore and receiving a box of books as a gift. Spending the same or similar amount of money, definitely we can create an exciting environment through a book subscription service! That is really worth the money!

He was shouting saying ‘Aunty sent me books! 1 book,2 books,3 books!!’

(I told him he received this gift from an aunty because he behaves well!) 🙂

The books we received are really of high quality. With the kids book prices Singapore, we really cannot buy such high quality 3 books for the rate of this Josh & Cherie Books subscription service.

Josh & Cherie Books Subscription review

Reading books with curiosity,activities,imagination and lots of fun! Thanks Josh & Cherie Books for these handpicked books which are great for his age!

Interestingly, all the books are selected according to his age range. These books are with colourful illustrations and with activities which a little toddler loves to see in a book.

Josh & Cherie Books Review

Our reading time is so much fun with the new books.

I usually spend time reading books with him. So, I am really busy these days reading his new books with him. He really wants to repeat the same book again and again while talking about the beautiful illustration. I found these books are really a great way to bond each other.

And, today while I was writing this post, I found he was having story time with his toys. 🙂 Well, I couldn’t stay away from capturing these moments although I was ready with enough photos for this blog post.

Josh and Cherie Books

I was really happy when I saw him reading books for his toys.

My son was having a story session for his toys and I was really happy to see that moment. His new books have made him so excited!

Josh and Cherie Books

Josh and Cherie Books Subscription Review

 

Final Thoughts and Josh & Cherie books Review

With our experience with Josh & Cherie books, it is really worth the money. Not only it is cheaper than buying individually, Josh & Cherie book subscription is really a great way to encourage kids to read with lot of excitement.

This subscription service is also great as gifts for kids. If you look for what to buy for a kid’s birthday party or any other event, definitely you can order Josh and Cherie books subscription service be it for one month, 6months or for a year!

The delivery was so fast and I also received details via sms and I found it was really convenient for us.

Currently they deliver books to Singapore and Malaysia.If you look for international delivery,you can contact them because they have international delivery option with added shipping rates.

Read more details by visiting Josh and Cherie Books here

Promo Code for Josh & Cherie Books

Current promotion for National Day – Use SGREADS16 to enjoy 10% discount on your subscription.
On top of the 10% discount they are having for monthly subscriptions, there is a special discounts just for ‘Diary of a New Mom‘ readers as well.
Enjoy $12 off a 6-months subscription with code:  AMILA12
Enjoy $30 off a 12-months subscription with code:  AMILA30
(Codes expire on 15 August)

Disclaimer : We received a Josh & Cherie Books subscription box for this review purpose.However,all opinions are mine.

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Best Books for toddlers – Farm Animals Pocket Library

Reading makes any young child to improve their vocabulary and imagination. At our home, we love reading and it is same with my toddler. These days his favorite books are these Farm Animals Pocket Library books published by Egmont UK Limited.

Best Books for toddlers Farm Animals-Pocket Library

Farm Animals Pocket Library Review

We bought these books when he was just 1 year old. At that time he enjoyed looking at the colorful illustrations of farm animals. He quickly learned the names of the farm animals and could point the illustrations with the name of the animal.

Now he really enjoys reading the cute stories in these books. Actually he can’t read yet. But he asks me to read the books several times a day and he knows the stories in the books. Then he alone repeats the stories turning page by page.

Best Books for toddlers

Best Books for toddlers – Farm Animals Pocket Library

I could see how he learned to talk long sentences and present a story by looking at each illustration. As a mom for a toddler, I can highly recommend this set of farm animals books for any moms who are looking for best books for toddlers.

Recommended ages for these books by the publishers are 2-5 years old. But, I would recommend it even for infants as we used it for our son when he was just 1 year old.

About the book set –Farm Animals Pocket Library by Egmont Publishers UK

Written by Craig Cameron ,this set of books comprise of 6 small books. These books feature the farm animals and what they do all day. The 6 books include the small books of Clover the Cow, Peter the Pig, Sophie the Sheep, Hetty the Hen, Gretel the Goat, and Scamp the Sheepdog. With colorful illustrations and easy to remember rhythmic stories this pocket library is a great way to introduce the farm activities and farm animals for little children.

Farm Animals-Pocket Library

Other than reading at home, these pocket library books are great to bring anywhere when we travel. I usually keep few books in my bag whenever we go out, so I can easily keep my son engaged with the books. These are light weight and great to keep inside diaper bag or kids bag when travel.

If you are looking for best books for toddlers or best books for babies, check these details of Farm Animals Pocket Library

Boost Your Child’s Ability to Read

As a mom I always concern about raising my child with enhanced skills. At age 2, he is just starting to read books. As you know, at this toddler age they tend to read books by looking at the illustrations. That is the beginning of their reading. As parents we should help them to enhance their reading skills.

How to Teach your Child to Read?

How to Boost Your Child’s Ability to Read

You can simply introduce many books for your kids with beautiful illustrations that make them attached to the books. Reading out loud is another best way to teach a child to read. Other than that I recently came across a new reading app that enhances the child’s ability to read and I hope this app will really help you too to boost your child’s ability to read. Pointer is a new app for kids that enhance their skills for reading.

Boost Your Child’s Ability to Read with Pointer – The Voice activated Reader

How to Boost Your Child's Ability to Read

Pointer is an app developed to boost children’s ability to read. This app has a unique feature. That is, it recognizes your voice when you read and highlight the word you read. That gives an idea to your kid about the word your read together with its pronunciation and they will start learning to read. Young kids and specially toddlers will learn the way we read books from word by word. Kids will feel more connected to reading with you and they will sure have enjoyable reading session.

Visit www.pointerapp.co for more information. Also; signup with them for early access. It is free to sign up and I already did so!

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International Books Shop and Benefits of Reading

Do you have reading habits? Or do you still a reader of your tweets and facebook updates? If you don’t read books, then I want to share some benefits of reading books.

Benefits of Reading

When you keep reading books, you stimulate your brain and concentrate on the things in your book. This will keep your brain active and prevents memory losing power which most people experience with aging.
Of course, you can improve your knowledge by reading books and you will be strong in analytical thinking. Other than that reading is a good cure for your stress. You will relax after reading a good book.

International books shop

If you love reading or if you have the habit of gifting books for your friends and family members in their special occasions, then I want to introduce an Amazon book store which you can find a variety of books for cheap price.

International books shop is an Amazon store which sells books of different categories. Their book category list includes different topics including Addiction & Recovery, Alternative Medicine, ailments, Beauty Grooming & Style and more. Most of the categories and books they share in International Book Shop are good for anyone who loves reading different subjects and topics and with curiosity of learning many things.

Below is one of the books I selected which I love to have with me and of course the price is very reasonable.

International books shop

All the products sell in this Amazon store come with product details and actual customer reviews. These actual customer reviews are really helpful to decide on any book which you are going to buy. Other than that, you will find suggestions for similar books when you look for items on sale in International Book Shop Amazon store.

Do you love reading?If so visit International Book Shop and see what are the books you love to read!

 

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