The question I get asked the most by early childhood educators is, “How do you hold their attention when reading aloud?” While easy to answer, the skill takes a lot of practice. The best way to capture a young child’s attention with reading is to enjoy reading aloud.

Regardless of what you are reading, children as young as infants recognize that you are focusing your attention on them. They observe you sitting calmly and hear the variations in your voice. They are watching your facial expressions and your non-verbal movements. All of this information is being processed in the child’s brain.

The attention you give to a child when you read aloud activates the reward center of their brain, causing them to want to repeat the experience. So chose a book that you enjoy reading and let the kids watch you have fun with it!

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