Read To Your Child

Read to your child every day…no exceptions!

My husband and I have raised three children and I have personally known hundreds of young families with new babies.  If I had one word, or bit of advice I would give to each family, it would be to READ to your child everyday.. beginning in infancy.  Even during middle of the night feedings I would read aloud (from my own Bestseller) just so that our children could hear books.  Don’t worry, I did change to appropriate aged books soon enough!  Reading to your young child is:

  • Comforting, it creates a bond between the child and the reader as you snuggle together to read the story
  • It helps your child create a vivid imagination
  • Gives your child a chance to talk about the pictures in the book
  • To learn to read just for the pleasure of reading
  • To create a lifelong love of reading
  • Learn the cadence of our oral language
  •  As your child gets older he/she will start to learn the relationship between letters/sounds/words that are used to put our spoken language into print
  • Develop eye hand coordination as he/she begins to point to and read simple text.

Don’t be surprised if your child asks for a favorite story over and over again. This is normal behavior and it should not alarm you.  Your child receives great comfort from hearing a familiar and predictable story time after time.

http://www.earlymoments.com/Promoting-Literacy-and-a-Love-of-Reading/Why-Reading-to-Children-is-Important/

 

“One hundred years from now, it will not matter what my bank account was, how big my house was, or what kind of car I drove. But the world may be a little better, because I was important in the life of a child.

 

Re posted from July 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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