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It's never too early to start reading to kids!
Early literacy is what
children know about reading and writing before they can actually read
Reading or sharing books with children is one way to talk
with them. It also introduces them to the world. Even if they have
not seen an actual cow, children can learn that there is such an
animal by seeing a picture of one in a book.
Not only do children who are exposed to books early
in life have better
language skills than those who wait until later, but they also have better
success in learning to read.
here for a quick view of research
made by the Policy Information Center of Educational Testing
Service that shows the growing literacy gap between
American social classes that has been traced to kindergarten.
Read also about how reading levels translate into
economic divisions between races, as well as the likelihood
of voter turnout.
There are so many things you can do with young children to help them enjoy
language, books and reading. You,
their parents/caregivers, are in the best position to help them
get ready to learn to read. Why is this?
- Children begin to get ready to read long before they start school.
- You know your children best, and can help them learn in the ways that are
easiest for them.
- Children learn best by doing things, and love to do things with YOU.
- Young children often have short attention spans, and enjoy repeating favorite
activities. Parents and caregivers can share these activities often and for
short amounts of time throughout the day.
- YOU know your children well, and can take advantage of times when your
children are ďin
the mood,Ē and ready to learn.
- When children see their parents read they are more likely to become
readers themselves. Seeing you read is very powerful!
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