The Importance of Reading to Your Child

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Reading is one of the most important and influential activities parents can do with their children. Research has shown that reading to children from a young age helps them to develop language at an earlier age, give them a larger vocabulary than children who are not read to, and it lays a foundation for a lifelong love of learning. It is never too late to begin a routine of reading with your children. It is best to select a specific time that works for your family, establishing a routine will ensure that this activity does not get missed in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. For younger children select books that are simple, bright and full of pictures. As they grow, their attention span will grow which will enable you to select books with more words.

Books with repetitive words or rhymes are a great choice to read with young children as they will encourage your child to participate in reading. Often times young children will request to have the same book read to them repeatedly. This is fantastic as it allows them to become familiar with the text and shows they have an interest in reading. They will let you know when they have heard it enough times. When you read to your child, try asking open ended questions throughout the story, this is a great way to get them involved and to encourage their participation. It is important for children to see their parents love and enthusiasm for reading. Children often want to emulate their parents, what better activity than for them to want to read like Mom or Dad. Coming up on Monday, March 2nd you will have the opportunity to share reading with your child and their friends.

March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’ birthday and is known as National Read Across America Day. On this day Brighton Schools Granite Bay invites parents to come into their child’s class and read a book to the children. This can be a book that your child selects from home or you may read one of the books the teacher has selected.

Check with your child’s teacher to select a time that works best for you.

For more tips on reading aloud to children of all ages please visit: https://www.naeyc.org/files/yc/file/200303/ReadingAloud.pdf

March 2nd is National Read Across America Day! (Dr. Seuss Day)

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