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Related to Christina's post, does your little one let you read to them?

Claire only lets me get a couple pages in before she tries to take the book or turn pages but its cute bc she will flip through it and talk to her self. I do worry tho that she isn't learning things because she won't let us read to her.

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"beccasweet" wrote:

Related to Christina's post, does your little one let you read to them?

Claire only lets me get a couple pages in before she tries to take the book or turn pages but its cute bc she will flip through it and talk to her self. I do worry tho that she isn't learning things because she won't let us read to her.

I wouldn't worry at this point. She is at least showing interest in the books even if she isn't wanting to sit through a whole reading. I think at this age it is important that we have books available to them for awareness and exploring. DS's patience being read to during the day varies. Sometimes we get through two or three (short) books and other times he scrambles away before I get through a page or two. I do find that he seems most receptive to being read to just before bedtime when he is more calm. As their attention spans increase, I'm sure we will have days where it seems like they want one book after another read to them! Those of you with teaching backgrounds probably have more insight into this than me, so I would be interested to hear your take on this.

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At this age I would absolutely not worry if she doesn't seem interested. When Evelyn was younger she loved to sit and listen to books and I would set it up so that she could turn the pages on her own. Then she went through a few months where she wasn't into books at all. Now she has a few favorites and she will bring them to us and ask us to read them over and over, but I don't necessarily expect that to last forever. They go through phases where they spend a lot of time focused on developing a certain skill and then they move on to something else for awhile. At this age exposure is key. Have books easily accessible to her and let her see you reading. You don't even really have to read the words. When you do read to her you can just talk to her about what she sees on the pages. I find that Evelyn prefers books that have a sing-songy rhyme to them over books that are just descriptive. Also, please don't feel like she isn't learning if she doesn't want to look at books. Kids this age are learning so much all the time. Just go about your day, go through your routines, talk to her about what you are doing and involve her in the process. (I'm sure you do those things already!)