Do you know when you should start reading to children?
We know it’s important, but . . .
. . . does anyone tell us when we should start?
Does it make sense to read a child who hasn’t yet uttered their first word?
Should we wait until they show an interest in books?
Are they are ready when they can sit still long enough to listen?
New research from the American Academy of Pediatrics tells us its never too soon:
Reading aloud to infants relates to language and literacy skills four years later.
That’s pretty impressive.
Over 250 New York mothers signed up for this study. From the time their babies were 6 months old and until they were 4, they kept track of:
- Number of times per week they read to their children.
- How many books they had at home.
- Their reading style (Did they read to their child or did they read interactively? For example, asking questions and talking about the pictures and characters?)
The results were clear:
Children who were read to more — and in an interactive manner — during this period knew more words when they were 4.
They also had better early reading- and literacy skills (like name writing).
It didn’t matter where the family was from, their level of education, the color of their skin, or how much money they had.
Literacy is at the heart of academics and life beyond, making it a crucial skill for our children. It’s never too early to start.
In fact, as I wrote in an earlier post, shared-reading actually activates the same brain areas in young children that are used for reading later on.
Listening to stories stimulates the “reading network”medium.com
Send this to anyone you know who has a little one, along with your favorite children’s book. And encourage them to read.
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Story source: Science Direct