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When it was time for me to return to work after having my oldest child, I was grateful to find an amazing childcare facility for them to go to. However, I quickly learned that childcare is not just about dropping off your kids and picking them up at the end of the day. To make childcare education effective, you need to help those workers teach your kids. So, that's my blog is all about. I want to help parents who are using childcare for the first time to get your kids into a learning frame of mind. From flash cards to building blocks, there is plenty you can do at home to encourage your kid to learn, and that means when they go to the childcare facility each day, the eagerness to learn continues.

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Making The Most Of Reading Time With Your Child

by Guy Marshall

When your children start childcare, it is crucial that you seek advice from the care facility about ways you can continue lessons taught in the classroom at home. One significant experience which you can never spend too much time on is reading. The earlier your child becomes confident about letters and reading words, the more engaged they will be with books. As someone who has their first child in childcare, these tips will help you share the gift of reading each night.

Focus On The Story, Not The Style

Some parents think that to make the story engaging, they have to use silly voices for each of the characters and to turn the story into a play. However, not every parent is confident about doing this. It does not matter if you are not a strong reader, nor does it matter if you're too exhausted to turn Cinderella into a Broadway play. What does matter is that you read the book in a relaxed, loving way which conveys to your child that reading is fun. 

Choosing The Right Story

There are thousands of books on the market which are all begging for your consumer dollar. However, not all of them are going to appeal to your child. To really get their reading interest going, chose stories based on their interests. Also, purchase a variety of different types of books. Books with rhyming words appeal to all ages. Don't be afraid to buy chapter books even though your child is young. They can't read the words yet, but the routine of sitting together every night sharing a chapter about swashbuckling pirates or princesses slaying a dragon is sure to fire their active imagination.

Give It Your All

There are a lot of things happening at nighttime, but it is crucial that you give reading time as much attention as you possibly can. Not only are you getting to have cherished one-on-one time with your child, but reinforcing reading skills at home enables your child to learn once they enter school. In 2016, one in five new school starters were not yet in a position to learn because they didn't have proper reading technique. Turn your phone and television off, and give reading at least 15 minutes of your undivided attention every night.

Ask your childcare facility about other ways you can reinforce reading in the home. The more you focus on early learning, the higher the chance of your child thriving when they reach an education environment.

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