I think as moms we all know the importance of reading to our children. I more wanted to talk about what a difference it has made in my toddler’s life.
My daughter is 22 months old. Up until a few months ago my daughter’s vocabulary was not improving much. She seemed to be stuck with the same ten words no matter how hard I tried to teach her new words. I was constantly pointing things out and telling her what they were. I wasn’t concerned about her intellect so much because I could tell she was really smart. But I was concerned that her vocab wasn’t where it was supposed to be. Then around that time she started developing an interest in books. In our house she has a shelf of all her books that she can reach. She is always pulling down 5 books at a time, bringing them for us to read. Ever since then her vocab has exploded. She can string sentences together and we can even have little conversations. Every new word she learns she has to repeat and soon uses it with her everyday talking.
I know that reading is the big reason for all of this. I love that she likes to read. Growing up I would literally devour books in one night. I hope that Mackenzie keeps her love of reading throughout her life.