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Reading with your child is one of, if not the most important thing you can do during their early childhood years. We understand that fitting reading time in can be hard. School, work and activities often fill our days leaving little time for "extras". At the end of the day you just want to sit down and be done but there is so much value to even just a few minutes spent reading every day. Reading exposes your child to language, photos, art and much more. Plus multiple scientific studies have proven that the number of words spoken to a child by the age of 5 is one of the best indicators of a child's future academic success (read more on this here: 32-Million Word Gap.)
Show that it is Important!
Reading to your child is a great way to show your child how important reading is. It exposes them to new language. It teaches them about things that they might not otherwise be exposed to in their natural environment. A child who loves to read at an early age is more likely to succeed in school. Here are some tips for fostering a love of reading.
We've prepared a simple sheet with some super easy tips on making reading a priority in your household. These are great reminders for all parents, even seasoned ones! Feel free to PRINT this page for your own reference!
Make it an Adventure
Reading should be FUN! Use books as a way to create mini adventures at home! You can easily explore new places, time periods and people with books. When children see people around them reading for pleasure and to them, they learn to love books.
Make Books Accessible
Don’t be afraid to keep picture books around your house, children should be able to easily access them, play with them and touch them. Board books are a wonderful option for young hands.
The earlier you establish a reading routine the more likely your child will continue to want to read with you. Find a time in your day that works! Many families enjoy reading right before bed but that might not be the best option for you. Early in the morning as you wake from bed might be a better fit, or right after lunch.
Read every day! It will pay off!
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Suzy has been working in Early Childhood/Elementary Education for the last 12 years. She has worked both as a teacher and as a preschool administrator. She has taught Preschool, Kindergarten, First Grade and third Grade. Most recently, she has been working as an administrator of an Early Childhood Center in NYC. She has spent years studying the meaning of quality education and how to provide that for young children.