Do you know why it is important to read to your child every day? Find out here!
Did you know that reading to your child for as little as 20 minutes a day can help with memory, learning, and school success? In fact, experts say you should read to your child because it is the most important activity for language development in kids. Reading plays the biggest role in learning for children from ages two to five, but it is important at all ages. Here are some of the great ways reading aloud can help your child succeed.
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Start reading with your child when s/he is six months old. Begin with picture books that have images that your child can look at and point to, and eventually name. As your child’s learning and language improves, move on to more advanced books.
If your child is older than six months, don’t worry. You can start reading together at any age.
If your child is between six months and five years old, you can get a book for free after your child’s well-child visit through the Reach Out and Read program. Find a location where you can get a book here.
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“Importance of Reading Aloud,” Reach Out and Read. Accessed January 14, 2016.
“Reading, Literacy and Your Child,” University of Michigan Health System. Updated October 2010.
“The Hidden Benefits of Reading Aloud—Even for Older Kids,” GreatKids. Accessed January 14, 2016.