Experts recommend reading to babies right from birth. Reading assists in language and concentration development. Simple poems and nursery rhymes can act as ‘stories’ for even the tiniest babies. Enjoying books together from a young age is probably one of the most important thing you can do to help your child become a reader. Infants can have fun with books long before they know any words. They will also be picking up skills they will need later when they begin learning to read. Children who enjoy books are more likely to become better students later in life, than those who don’t. The best way to instill a love of literature is to start reading to them from a very young age.
Infants enjoy listening to the sound of your voice as you share books cuddled together. They will learn to associate reading with this positive feeling of warmth and security. As they grow older by looking at books, children become familiar with how books and stories work. They learn which way up to hold a book and how to turn the pages. Later on, they get to know that stories have a beginning, a middle, and an end, and often follow a predictable pattern. They also become familiar with the storybook language, which is more formal than everyday speech. These are all vital skills that will help a child learn to read when the time comes.
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