#4 of 7 Encourage children to read for pleasure and participate in the arts

“Limit TV and other screen time in order to make room for creative activities like rehearsing a play, learning to draw, reading every book written by a favorite author.”   BY CHRISTINE CARTER | SEPTEMBER 16, 2008 The Greater Good Magazine

Children should be and can be read to as early as 8 months to 1 year old.  Even though they don’t understand the language at 8 months, they get used to hearing sounds and may even learn to speak earlier because of this.  Research backs this up:

“And once your baby arrives, reading to your newborn is a must. Your baby won’t understand your words, but hearing your voice stimulates an interest in sounds and helps him develop listening skills. Plus, no matter what your baby’s age, reading together is a great opportunity for cuddling and bonding.”  Reading to your baby | BabyCenter

In the early months, hold your baby close and read, talk and sing to her. By 36 months of age, your baby will start to enjoy looking at mirrors and pictures of faces, shapes, colours. She will begin to make sounds, reach out and touch the pictures. Choose books with interesting pictures and textures.  Fischer Price ToysArt Institute

Here are is a link to an African American Book Publisher that you can purchase for baby KaZoom Kids iStoryBooks or you can always visit your public library for story hour or to get books. Here is a link: Guide to More Great African American Children’s Books Rand, Donna and a link to Children Book Authors  Meet the Authors.

For the arts, there are several places you can take your child to for free classes.  The Art Institute Offers Family Day with free art classes for child(ren) and parents. The Artist Studio at the Art Institute.

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