Learning to Read Milestones
Plays with board books
Responds when you say their name
Babbles and coos
Recognizes favorite songs
Enjoys looking at pictures
Read simple board books to your baby. Just a few minutes a day will help your baby get ready to read! Children learn through all their senses. Let them hold books and try to turn the pages!
Play peekaboo! Tell your baby what you see. “Peek a boo! I see your brown eyes and your red shirt!” Ask your baby questions even though they can’t answer yet! “Can you see me? Can you see my nose?”
Let your baby hold rattles and squeeze soft toys to strengthen their fingers and hands. This will make it easier to hold crayons when they’re ready.
Describe what you see when you go for a walk. Talk about what you’re doing while you make dinner. The more words babies hear, the more words they will learn!
Sing a song every day! Clap your baby’s hands while you play pat-a-cake. What rhymes do you remember from when you were little?
Watch short videos to learn fun songs and rhymes for your baby, including some in Spanish, and how they help build readers, at www.storyblocks.org/. Click on Babies.