The process of brain development for reading starts before birth through quiet talking and singing to your baby. It continues after birth through touch, love, eye contact, one-on-one interaction and repetition. The ritual of talking together and sharing books starts early.
Learning to read comes later.
“Picture books nurture kids in many ways. Not only do they expand a child’s mind by showing them things and situations they do not encounter in their world but they are designed to encourage interaction. Sharing a story, being drawn in and listening to the vibration of a voice is physically nurturing. It is comparable and just as necessary as holding a child in your arms and feeding it.”
Author, Leslie Helakoski
Learning to use language and communicate with the written word are critical skills that children acquire as they grow and develop. Reading aloud to children at an early age is the most effective way to help them attain these skills. Reading also stimulates children’s imagination and expands their understanding of the world. By helping our children develop strong reading skills at an early age, we are laying the foundation for their success in school and in life. ……rif.org
A small change in how teachers and parents read aloud to preschoolers may provide a big boost to their reading skills later on, a new study found.
That small change involves making specific references to print in books while reading to children—such as pointing out letters and words on the pages, showing capital letters, and showing how you read from left to right and top to bottom on the page.
Preschool children whose teachers used print references during storybook reading showed more advanced reading skills one and even two years later when compared to children whose teachers did not use such references. This is the first study to show causal links between referencing print and later literacy achievement.
“Using print references during reading was just a slight tweak to what teachers were already doing in the classroom, but it led to a sizeable improvement in reading for kids,” said Shayne Piasta, co-author of the study and assistant professor of teaching and learning at Ohio State University.
“This would be a very manageable change for most preschool teachers, (and parents) who already are doing storybook reading in class.”
The libraries have magazines on many topics. Cars, handicrafts, cooking, decorating, news, just to name a few. Most can be borrowed.
May is Get Caught Reading Month, a nation-wide campaign to remind people of all ages how much fun it is to read. It’s exciting to offer a child a beautiful book and watch it do its work, cast its spell.
“It is not enough to simply teach children to read; we have to give them something worth reading. Something that will stretch their imaginations—something that will help them make sense of their own lives and encourage them to reach out toward people whose lives are quite different from their own. — Katherine Patterson
Read Across America Poem
You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild,
To pick up a book and read with a child.
You’re never too busy, too cool, or too hot,
To pick up a book and share what you’ve got.
In schools and communities,
Let’s gather around,
Let’s pick up a book,
Let’s pass it around.
There are kids all around you,
Kids who will need
Someone to hug,
Someone to read.
Come join us March 2nd
Your own special way
And make this America’s
Read to Kids Day.