Learning to read doesn’t start in kindergarten or primary school
Developing language and literacy skills begins at birth through every day loving interactions, such as sharing books, telling stories, singing songs and talking to one another. Adults play a very important role in preparing young children for future school success and helping them become self-confident and motivated learners.
Early experiences does matter!
Everyday moments of developing literacy skills will bring magic to your children. Reading a story book together is not an extraordinary experience. It is actually quite exploring for the children. Research has found when parents read books to their baby, point to the pictures and delighted with the baby’s discovery through the books, the children will develop a love of books that later builds strong reading skills.
What is the connection?
The more words children hear and come to understand, the more words they can say, the better their vocabulary and reading skills are likely to be.
When you stop and think about it, young children hear their parents say a lot of words every day. And it adds up.
One of the very important research study found the children whose parents talked to them frequently as they go about their daily activities hear about 45 million words during their first 4 years. While family that don’t talk as much, young children only heard about 13 million words. There’s a different of 32 million words the babies and toddlers don’t get to hear and learn from.
So one of the important way you can help your child develops strong communication skills and eventually learn to read is to have fun talking with him and sharing books with him. Starting at birth.