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How reading should differ (e.g., length of time reading) across age groups?


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My child is 3 months. I’m curious how reading should differ (e.g., length of time reading) across age groups?


#2

Great question. In general as children grow their attention span does too. However, each child is different and each of my three children has different dispositions.

For a three month old, reading in shorter periods through out the day might help you keep sanity and help keep the baby listening. If you try to read 20 minutes but the baby gets fussy you might feel frustrated or it feel like a thankless task. For me, 20 minutes of reading to a baby feels like a loooong time.

For a toddler and almost certainly a preschooler, try reading for as long as they will sit still. My middle child is a couch potato. Even if we cuddled and read for 40 minutes, she’d want more. Whereas my youngest daughter does not sit still. If we get through 5 minutes without her needing to stretch her legs, I’m lucky. So for her we break it up over 2-3 reading periods per day.