My toddler of 2yrs 8 months(nearly 3 yrs) is very fond of books. Every night he gets a book by himself and asks us to read it.
But I am in a dilemma. He even gets big books not meant for toddlers. Like the other day when I went to a library he picked up a fairly advanced book on cars and wanted to take it home to read to him. There were a lot of pictures of vintage cars and other things related to cars like gears and stuff and we explained him some of it. He also got a lot of books on Bees, Spiders and other general stuff but all these are very big books. Like books for elder kids. But they did have big colorful pictures and when ever I read these books I explain what is going on in those picture and ask him a lot of questions. And ask him to count and other stuff. Some he gets them correct some he does not.
He did pick up some story books too.
So my question is If it is OK for me to read books of this type or should i only stick with books designed for toddlers. That is books with just one line and big print.
As it is he has a lot of general awareness on nature, volcanoes., earthquakes etc...But he does not even spell or read on his own. whereas my nephew at 3 can spell a lot of words but his general awareness is a bit restricted.
My son can recognize all the alphabets and numbers and can count to some extent. But when i try to teach him words by spelling he does not show so much interest. He is not interested in writing too. I try to give him many things crayons, doodle pad, chalk water paints and other stuff to write and paint but i can hardly get his attention for more than 5 min. I keep trying but so far no results.
So I am scared that by reading him books meant for older kids I am actually hindering his reading skills. But I love his enthusiasm for learning new things about nature and every day general stuff and can't stop myself from reading those to him. He has an extensive vocabulary and speaks well.
So please advice if i am doing the right thing with him. Should i push him to read words and spell or just let it be and wait for him to catch up. Meanwhile writing wise there is nothing much i can do to force him but again I am trying my best to get him color and write with nil results.
Thank you very much!....Any advice hugely appreciated.