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1000 Books Before Kindergarten Incentives

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The true reward of reading 1000 books before kindergarten is immeasurable. At the same time, we realize that your precious little ones may not yet appreciate the great efforts and time you are spending to enable them for the future. For this reason, various 1000 books before kindergarten programs offer small prizes such as stickers, bookmarks, books, and book bags.  In addition, most library programs devote “wall space” whereby you can place your child’s name upon completion of a reading level (e.g.,  100 books, 200 books, etc).  Why not take a picture of your little ones’ achievement and share it with family and friends.  Upon completion of the program, your loved one will also likely to receive a certificate of achievement/diploma (suitable for framing).

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Reading as a Family (Why It Is Important)

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We are often asked whether you can count a book read to multiple siblings at the same time toward the 1000 book count.  The answer is absolutely.  In fact, studies have shown that reading as a family provides a great opportunity for bonding.  The journey from newborn to infant to toddler to kindergarten takes approximately 5 years.  The time will pass by very fast.  Building strong reading skills is fundamental to preparing your child for the future.  If you incorporate reading as a family, the memories your child will form will last a lifetime.  Make reading as a family a daily event.

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Where is My Belly Button?

Where is My Belly Button

Soft, cloth books are ideal and suitable from birth.  Where is My Belly Button? (available from JellyCat) features peek-a-boo flaps and questions to answer.  The book is full of bright colors and is very interactive.  The book takes your child on a journey of exploration (eyes, belly button, nose, and feet).

 

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Are Girls Easier to Read to Than Boys?

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I think the answer depends.  Some infants are just too busy to settle down to read.  Regardless of your child’s gender, studies have shown that the rewards of early reading to your child are immeasurable.  The key is perseverance.

Hopefully the built-in reward system in your local 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program will also provide you with the motivation on achieving the goal of reading 1,000 books.

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Choosing Books with Bright and Colorful Pictures

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Board books are the best when it comes to bright and colorful pictures.  Choosing books with bright and colorful pictures is very important to get your child interested in books and reading.  Reading aloud to your baby is a very important activity.  Reading aloud provides your baby with stimulation.  Studies have shown the following benefits of reading aloud:

  • teaches a baby about how to communicate
  • is a great way to introduce new concepts such as letters, numbers, colors, and shapes
  • helps to build listening, memory, and vocabulary skills

By the time babies reach their first birthday, some early child development scholars believe that babies will have learned all the sounds needed to speak. The more stories you read aloud, the more words your child will be exposed to will greatly benefit your child.

 

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