Children with greater home reading exposure get a head start in language and literacy skills and go to school better prepared. Parents who take time to read aloud to their children not only promote emergent literacy and language development but also strengthen parent-child relationships. Read our article on Reading Aloud To Children: Why It’s Important.
Children should be read to every day. Reading aloud is, according to the landmark 1985 report Becoming a Nation of Readers, “the single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading.” Below are 5 simple tips to improve your child’s reading and early development.
- Develop a habit of talking and reading from birth to build up children’s knowledge. Research shows that the more words parents use when speaking to an infant, the greater the size of their child’s vocabulary at age 3.
- Make reading a part of your daily routine. Bedtime reading is one way to do this.
- Visit library and bookstores regularly. Go to the Children’s Section and occasionally, let them choose what they want to read.
- Show interest. Be enthusiastic. Sing songs and play games.
- Set an example. Fill your home with more books. Create a reading area.