“The greatest development is achieved during the first years of life, and therefore it is then that the greatest care should be taken. If this is done, then the child does not become a burden; he will reveal himself as the greatest marvel of nature.”
In a study at Brown University School of Medicine in Providence Rhode Island, toddlers ages 18 to 25 month olds whose parents said they had been reading to them regularly for a year could say and understand more words than those whose parents hadn’t. This study proves to many parents that early reading creates a very good language development to your child. Below are the benefits of reading to your child as early as infant stage.
Reading to your child as early as infant stage, helps in early language and literacy development. Research has shown that reading to infants and toddlers can help to build their vocabulary, develop their understanding of sentence structure and grammar, and improve their overall language skills. By hearing a variety of words and language patterns, children can begin to understand the way that language works and develop their own communication skills.
Reading to young children can help to foster a love of books and reading. When children are exposed to books from an early age, they are more likely to see reading as an enjoyable activity and become lifelong readers. This can have a positive impact on their academic and professional success, as reading is a fundamental skill that is necessary for success in many areas of life.
Reading to your child can help to create a special bond between you and your child. It provides a time for closeness and connection, and can become a cherished part of your daily routine. This bond can help to build a foundation of trust and positive communication that can last throughout your child’s life.
Ways To Establish A Good Reading Habits:
- Start reading to your baby right before she was born. Your baby can hear you! Its also your bonding moment too.
- Read slowly and clearly. Make sure that she listens and ready for book time. Pronounce each word clearly and slowly for her to catch up.
- Use sounds that corresponds to the story. I usually read to her about animal books. Making the animal sounds every time I point into each animal would be easier for little ones to remember the name of the animals and become familiar with the words.
- Simplify words. If you read a long story books to her, choose only the important words and simplify long complicated words.
- Match words with objects. I have a miniature objects in my home like small animals. I use this to familiarize her with what each animal looks like and let her touch and play with that object.
“The child is capable of developing and giving us tangible proof of the possibility of a better humanity. He has shown us the true process of construction of the human being. We have seen children totally change as they acquire a love for things and as their sense of order, discipline, and self-control develops within them…. The child is both a hope and a promise for mankind.” Maria Montessori (Education and Peace)