Whether your child thinks reading is fun or not, here are some interesting facts that should encourage you to keep reading to your little ones:
- Children who are read to in the home have a substantial advantage over those who are not.
- By age 3, about 85% of the brain’s core structure is formed.
- Reading aloud to young children stimulates language and cognitive skills and builds motivation, curiosity, and memory.
- The developing brain triples in their first year and is almost completely fully formed by the time a child enters kindergarten.
- When mothers frequently spoke to their infants, their children learned almost 300 more words by age 2 than their peers whose mothers rarely spoke to them.
- Children’s academic successes at ages 9 and 10 can be attributed to the amount of talk they hear from birth through age 3.
- The single most significant factor influencing a child’s early educational success is being introduced to books and being read to at home before they start attending school.
These early years are critical in helping your child build a strong foundation for future learning. Reading to your children and interacting with them as you read will increase your child’s exposure to language, shapes, colors, and social conventions. Books that have textures, pop-outs, and flaps increase dexterity and tactile learning. These types of books also help make sure that reading is fun for little ones.
Make reading part of your daily routine. Set aside some time in your day to sit with your child and read to them, whether it’s as they eat breakfast, right after school, or at bedtime. An added benefit is that, as babies get older, you can hand them a book in the grocery store or in the car to help keep them entertained, which is a much more educational option than handing them an electronic device.
You can help make your child know that reading is fun. Increase their opportunity for success throughout life by reading with them during these early years.