Reading to Your Child, Early and Often

Posted by on Aug 26, 2013 | Comments Off on Reading to Your Child, Early and Often

Here’s a post from one of our very own mom’s. Baby’s Own Room encourages reading to your child as soon as possible. Read further for the all the greatness that can come from sharing a book with the tiny love of your life.

As an avowed book nut, I filled my daughter’s nursery with books, and read my own favorite children’s books to her often, before she could even sit up by herself. My friends thought I was wasting my time, since she didn’t understand the words, but I knew it was good for her; and the times we spent “reading” together are some of my fondest memories of her babyhood.

Developmental studies (and my now-grown daughter’s great grades and love of literature) agree: Reading aloud to your baby is a fantastic way to connect with your child and help his development in many areas. Being read to at a very early age helps your child’s language development, emotional development, memory, patterning skills (which help with mathematical thinking later), listening skills, and ability to sit still and focus.

Babies learn all sounds required to speak their family’s language before the age of one. When you read to your baby, you build a rich network of words and sounds in his brain, which is a strong foundation for later learning. Children who have books read to them as infants and toddlers are far more likely to stay at or above their grade level when learning to read in school.

The best books to read with your new baby are those you enjoy. Even if she doesn’t understand the words, she will sense your enjoyment, and will begin relating reading to good feelings. As your child begins developing her own tastes and interests, let her choose some books about things she likes; this will make her more likely to start “reading” books independently.

Baby’s Own Room agrees that one of the best reasons to read to your child at any age is the connection you create between things your child loves – time with you and the sound of your voice – and books. When kids are read to regularly by those they love, with interest and excitement, they will likely become budding “readers” long before they head off to school.

 

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