I could sing the praises of children's books all day long. They entertain, teach, expand vocabulary, and introduce children (and adults) to an imaginative world beyond our day-to-day experiences. Children's books are also a GREAT tool for encouraging language development and growth in typically developing children and those with language delays.
Books that have repetitive sequences allow children to more easily engage and pay attention since they are familiar with the story. Engagement promotes increased mastery of words and concepts and encourages your child to USE the language they hear. Repetition in books also promotes confidence in your child, as they become a participant in the story rather than an observer.
Here are a few of my favorite books that include repetitive phrases and patterns:
- We're Going on a Bear Hunt
- The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything
- Are You My Mother?
- Snuggle Puppy
- Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
Your child may reach for that same book over. And over. And over. So indulge them! Repetition is great, and they will likely have a new favorite by the end of the week.
I'd love to hear the favorite books you are currently reading at your house!
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