This little boy in the video is around 15-18 months. Just wanted to share the reality of such a young child who already knows what books are about, has already learnt about the name of a new book (3 days only) in the house, can choose that particular one from many, knows the front page, back page and where one starts and where it finishes. He understands that there is text on each page and 'Mum' reads it (quickly) because his anticipation and enjoyment is obvious, which is all part of the process. Although his language is not yet perfect, his beginning sounds can be expressed along with other intonations. This opportunity is priceless for all children - share stories and spend time reading.
Today I was talking to someone about their 18 month old little boy, whose language was slow but coming along with lots of intonation and potential conversation. Although his language included lots of jibberish, it had intent and he knew how he could use it. I asked his mum if he enjoyed books? Her sad response was "No, I used to try reading to him and he used to just walk off so I don't do it anymore". This mother had already decided that her very young little boy wasn't going to have good exposure to reading time, sharing a story, hearing words and sounds and interpret the matching picture.
I shared a story about a boy who used to do that as he wandered around the house while Mum kept reading the book. The difference with this child was that when Mum would stop reading to see if he was paying any attention, he would comment saying "keep reading mum, I want to find out what happens next". He amazingly, was quite engrossed in a lot of the stories but obviously felt quite comfortable walking around listening. Depending on a child's learning style, will have a lot to do with where they learn best, the most comfortable position or place to be in, to successfully absorb the information.
As a teacher and strong advocate when promoting books and reading, I encouraged the Mum to try again and make it part of the daily routine. She said she would give it another go. I hope she does for the little boy's benefit, and helps him to develop his love for books.
Kerri Weaver is a service provider for children with disabilities.