It is important to encourage the love of reading early. Reading books with your child at a young age creates a loving and connected environment. Inspiring the love of reading early reinforces basic sounds that form words and create language. Children who love having a book read to them are more motivated to want to learn to read on their own.
Introducing Reading At An Early Age
- Don’t be afraid to read their favorite book over and over again. Reading the same book repetitively can make the story more fun and easy to remember.
- Little ones often try to move the pages to “ help” you.
- Pointing out pictures and helping your child to identify them is always fun.
- “Pretend” reading is my favorite. It is when your little one pretends to read the book to you. This means they are watching and listing to you and mimicking your actions.
- It is important that reading reflects a pleasant experience and not a chore.
Reading encourages speech development. As you are reading, they are listening and taking in information about sounds, words, and speech patterns. By the time children are 3-4 years old, they will be sounding out words with you.
In addition to the excellent benefits of cuddle time as you read to your child, studies have proven that reading at an early age, provides a positive affect on your child’s developing brain, and they are more likely to do better in all aspects of learning and education.
Venita — Grandma of Sophie and Audrey