Literacy: A Foundation for Success
Why Reading to Your Child is Important
Reading to children is one of the powerful ways to build language and literacy skills which provide the foundation for a child’s future success in school. When you read to your children, you help them develop an understanding of the magic of books.
Early in their development, children who have been read to and have books at home develop a feel for the patterns, the flow, and the nature of written language. It also helps them begin forming concepts of how books, print, and reading work. They develop a positive attitude towards reading, which is the most powerful motivator in learning to read.
It is never too early to begin reading to your child and spending 20 minutes a day reading is one of the best ways for you to help your child become a successful reader and writer. Making reading part of your child’s nightly routine is an ideal way to help your child unwind after a busy day.
Here are a few tips to help you choose the most appropriate children’s books for your family.
Choose age-appropriate books. A sequence of events that is both interesting and understandable will help your child identify with a book. They will notice and relate to characters who are well-portrayed and about their same age. Young children particularly enjoy books with repetitive elements that invite them to participate in the reading experience.
Choose books that you enjoy reading. Choosing books that you like can also lead to a more animated and engaging reading experience. Remember, children will naturally develop an appreciation of literature when they see you taking pleasure in reading.
Have books on a variety of subjects and themes. Choosing books on different topics will encourage your child’s interest in all kinds of different subjects and events. You want to have some books based on your child’s particular interests and some that will introduce new topics or ideas.
Ask your child’s teacher for a list of books from class. Enlist your child’s teacher for suggestions on books that relate to what is happening in school. This will create a beneficial school to home connection for your child.
Create your own book. As your child begins to write, encourage them to create their own books. Consider laminating or having the book bound at your local office store to create a special keepsake.
According to Reach Out and Read, an evidence-based nonprofit organization that promotes early literacy, the single most effective way to prepare young children for success in school is to read to them out loud every day. Enjoy every opportunity to pick up a book and read with your children. Reading with your children will provide them with lifelong benefits.
About The Author
Kristin Lauria is the mother of two young children living in the Forsyth County community. As the Director of Education at Primrose School of Christopher Robin, Mrs. Lauria is responsible for curriculum implementation and the professional development of the teachers and the staff. With a degree in Early Childhood education and her passion and commitment to education, she ensures that the children in her school are safe, happy and learning each day.