Why Reading Matters, and How To Do It

Found a nice little article that pretty well summarizes in one place why it’s important to read to your kids

In a report called The Effect of Family Literacy Interventions on Children’s Acquisition of Reading, Dr Monique Sénéchal, an associate professor of psychology at Carleton University, did a review of 14 intervention studies, representing 1 174 families. She found that parent involvement does have a positive impact on children’s reading acquisition.

“Reading books to young children exposes children to ideas, concepts, and language that can be novel, more varied, and more complex than those typically introduced during parent-child conversations,” says Dr Sénéchal “Indeed, there is an association between the amount of shared reading at home and young children’s vocabulary.”

How to read to the littlest kids

Consistency is the key when it comes to making a commitment to read to your child, whether it is for 15 minutes, 30 minutes or interspersed throughout the day. It is also important to note that it is never too late to start, and that the commitment should not end when children begin to read on their own. It is imperative that older children are encouraged to continue the practice.

Young children might not have the patience to sit for longer lengths of time. “Sit them down on your lap and read for 30 seconds or even a minute,” advises Sheriff. “Involve them in the story by asking leading questions.”

And then a set of tips for making it a family habit.

What can I say? I like one-stop research.

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