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Promoting Early Literacy at Home

Too Small to Fail, August 4, 2016

Publication Date: 
September 18, 2016

Did you know that there is an activity you can do for only 15 minutes a day that can help you bond with your little one, boost her communication skills, and set her up for success in school? This powerful activity is reading aloud!

Reading aloud to children from birth positively impacts their language development and literacy skills. It is also a great opportunity to bond with your child and can provide warm, memorable experiences for both of you. Children benefit from hearing the diverse and sophisticated words you read in books, and the nurturing relationship you develop through these special moments together supports their social-emotional development.

It’s never too early to instill a love of reading in your child! There are simple ways to make story time fun and engaging for your child. Young children may have short attention spans, so it’s okay if you don’t get through the whole book. You can always continue the story later or move on to a different book depending on your child’s interests.

The best way to incorporate reading into your busy family schedule is to make it part of your daily routine! On the bus, before bedtime: everyday moments offer opportunities to share books with your child.

Children benefit most from reading aloud when they are actively engaged. Your child loves the feeling of being close to you, so cuddle up as you begin the story. Along the way, ask open-ended questions and encourage your child to describe the pictures he sees. After reading a new word, explain to him what the word means in a clear and simple way. You can also let him hold the book and help turn the pages. And remember, it’s okay to read the same book over and over again if that’s what your child wants! Repetition helps children learn new concepts and become familiar with words.