Let your older child be a teacher and helper.
Your older child can be a teacher by trying out words and rhymes with a younger child.
Here is a story that shows how this can happen:
When l fell and broke my ankle I had to wear a cast. When the time came to have the cast removed, I went to the hospital. While I was waiting at the reception counter, a family consisting of Mom, Dad, a baby in a car seat, and a little girl came into the room. Dad set the seat on the floor while he and Mom talked with the lady at the counter. In the meantime, the little girl stood in front of the car seat and began to sing very softly to their little baby. She was singing “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”.
This is a great example of how good reading and learning skills are developed in your family. Two wonderful things are happening at the same time. Your baby is learning from birth, and your older child is a helper and a teacher.
It is often hard for a parent to have young children at home, as it takes a lot of time and attention to take care of them. So if you are changing baby’s diaper, your older child can help by just singing or talking to baby while you do this. This is what happens when your other child helps: