Reading is vital to a child’s ability to learn and be successful in school. And the skills needed to be a good reader – like language and vocabulary – start developing from birth. But it doesn’t happen automatically. A child’s brain is not pre-wired for reading.
Every Word Counts
The first few years of a child’s life are when the brain grows and develops the most. And scientific research has shown that a child’s experiences in these early years affect how their brain develops.
Even before your child can speak, they need to hear lots of words. When a child hears words and language from caring adults, their brains develop the important connections needed to learn how to read. Talking and reading to your baby or young child helps them learn new words and build new and stronger brain connections.
Studies show that children whose parents and caregivers talk to them, read to them, tell them stories and sing them songs develop larger vocabularies, become better readers and do better in school.
5 Ways to Talk With Your Baby
Talking with your baby stimulates brain development and provides the foundation for literacy and learning. Here are some easy ways to add more words to your daily routine and help build your child’s brain: