I am a big proponent of reading to your children. I have listed some studies on the subject to emphasize the importance.
- (Carey, 1978) Estimated that pre-school age children acquire 5 new words each day. That’s 10,000 by the age of six.*
(Anderson, Heilbert, Scott and Wilkenson, 1985) Found reading aloud is the single most important activity for building the knowledge needed in reading.*
- (Schickendanz. 1999) Discusses the strong relationship between language development in the early years and reading later on.*
*Studies quoted were sourced from the following paper: Teacher’s Use of Interactive Read Alouds Using Nonfiction in Early Childhood Classrooms http://www.cluteinstitute-onlinejournals.com/PDFs/1601.pdf
One of my Subject Matter Experts and Mom of Three recommended ‘Big Words for Little People’ by Jaime Lee Curtis as a favorite of her kids. This book can also help boost vocabulary as it is full of big words!
The book teaches children big words like patience, cooperate, persevere and respect. It’s a fun way to incorporate new words into your child’s rapidly growing vocab.
Remember – Make it a habit! Read to your children every night!!
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