Why is Reading with Children so Important?

Research indicates that regular reading to children enhances their vocabulary, boosts general knowledge, and promotes overall development as they enter school.


What Difference can I make as a Parent?

You can make a huge difference! Parents are the most important educators in a child’s life and it’s never too early to start reading together. Even before they’re born, babies learn to recognise their parents’ voices. If you read to your baby from birth, even for just a few minutes a day, it can give them the comfort of hearing your voice which in turn increases their exposure to language.

At just a few months of age, an infant can look at pictures, listen to your voice, and point to objects on cardboard pages. Guide your child by pointing to the pictures, and say the names of the various objects. By drawing attention to pictures and associating the words with both pictures and the real-world objects, your child will learn the importance of language.

Learning to read is about listening and understanding as well as working out what’s printed on the page. Through hearing stories, children are exposed to a wide range of words. This helps them build their own vocabulary and improve their understanding when they listen, which is vital as they start to read. It’s important for them to understand how stories work too. Even if your child doesn’t understand every word, they’ll hear new sounds, words and phrases which they can then try out, copying what they have heard.

Helping Your Child Fall in Love with Reading:

Make sure that your child is familiar with language and books so they can see how enjoyable reading is. Some of the things you can do include:

  • Engage your child with captivating stories by reading aloud, discussing words and pictures, and sharing thoughts about the book.
  • Inspire a love for reading by being a reading role model. Children are more likely to embrace reading when they see adults enjoying it.
  • Create a reading-friendly environment by surrounding your child with books. Regular library/bookshop visits foster a reading habit, making it an enjoyable routine.

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