Parents should understand the importance of early brain development on all future learning, but also have the proper information and tools to nurture learning from the minute their babies are born. Now, let’s take this a step further. Learning to read is an eight year process that begins the minute parents first interact with their newborn baby. Reading aloud to your children is a great way to introduce new words as well as a love of reading. Being able to read proficiently by the end of third grade is imperative.
Here’s some tips to help parents teach young children how to read:
• Tip 1 – Parental knowledge about child development can positively impact the well-being of children in all households.
• Tip 2 – The size of a child’s vocabulary in kindergarten predicts his or her ability to read proficiently.
• Tip 3 – Small and meaningful actions, such as talking, reading, and singing to young children support early learning and development, and strengthen the parent-child bond.
• Tip 4 – Reading aloud to young children is a habit that is essential in developing reading skills in children.
• Tip 5 – Encourage a play date or play group so that your child has the ability to interact with other children.
Remember, the brain develops more rapidly in the first few years of life than at any other time in life. Without positive interactions from loving adults, brain development won’t reach its’ full potential. The more words your children hear in conversations with you, the more connections their brain makes about words and what they mean. Understanding lots of words makes all learning experiences easier, so talk, read, and sing with your children.