“The most important thing that parents can do is talk and read to their children. During the toddler and preschool years, it is critical to provide children with different language and reading experiences.” (G. Reid Lyon, PhD, Chief of the Child Development and Behavior Branch within the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development)
While knowing how to read is essential for day-to-day survival, developing a passion to read opens new worlds for children. By reading, children can acquire all the knowledge, skills and values essential for their success in school and in life.
About 20 to 30 percent of school-age children have difficulties learning to read? At this young age, this can be embarrassing for them, and can result in low motivation and self-esteem. Children who are most at risk for reading difficulties are those who were not read to at home.
Reading to your children…
- Is an integral part of teaching them how to read
- Makes it easier for them to develop their speech and language
- Teaches them new vocabulary and pronunciation
- Builds their listening skills and increases their attention span
- Stimulates their imagination and fosters their natural curiosity
- Develops their ability to express themselves more clearly and confidently in spoken and written terms
- Is a great way to prepare them for the school environment
- Is a wonderful bonding experience that nourishes emotional development