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NAN: Fostering Literacy Development 18 Months to 3 years

Just when you think you can’t stand to read the child’s favorite story one more time, he asks you to read it again. While reading the same story over and over again may seem boring to you, the repetition of familiar books breeds comfort and offers reassurance to the child. Plus as children gain familiarity with the story, they’ll begin to notice the printed words that go along with it which will help to foster the connection between the written and spoken word. 

Nannies should continue reading to toddlers and encourage a love of reading in them. During this stage of development, children can typically sit through a short story. They may even want to hold the book and help to turn pages. Toddlers should have access to a variety of types of books and nannies should encourage toddlers to point to objects in the books, to fill in the blanks of familiar stories when she leaves a word out and to talk about the story.

During this stage of development toddlers will begin to notice print in the forms of signage. They may notice street signs, signs on buildings, logos and labels for example. These forms of print may be the first that a young child reads.

During this stage of development children also begin to recognize their name in print and may even begin to show interest in writing stories. Nannies can encourage writing by praising the child for his effort and asking open-ended questions like “Can you tell me what happens next?” If a child is having trouble holding a crayon or pencil, a nanny can use a shorter pencil to encourage a low grasp, put a pencil grip on the utensil or substitute thicker crayons or markers that are easier to hold.

Michelle LaRoweNAN: Fostering Literacy Development 18 Months to 3 years