Your doctor, teacher, community, magazine article and social media snippet are all right - reading to your child from birth is imporant- and even critical for their abilities in school, which sets a path for lifelong learning and success.
Here are 3 reasons why you should read to and with your child every day:
1. Kids learn vocabulary through reading in grammatically diverse sentences - and vocabulary knowledge is important for understanding and expressing (both spoken and written) language.
*The size of a young child’s vocabulary is a predictor for reading
2. Reading promotes joint interest and attention. Books for young learners typically use bold colors and depict objects and animals that appeal to children, so pages of a book provide a clear focus for practicing attention.
3. Reading with your children helps them learn language by providing interactions about word meanings. You’re able to engage your children by asking questions and commenting on what is shown on the page. This provides a model for more varied vocabulary and diverse sentence structures, which increases language learning.
*Higher language skills result in a child’s ability to learn to read independently, reading
comprehension and overall success in academics.
Children begin developing language skills from birth, so reading to an infant increases his/her language development and abilities. Thus, it's never "too early" to begin reading with your child.
So, turn off the TV - and invite your children to spend quality time with you immersed in a great book -