Raising a Reader –Reading, the Earlier the Better!

Article submitted on behalf of Primrose Schools by Kathleen Thomas

Child psychologists and comprehensive research have proven that the earlier a child is introduced to reading, the earlier that child begins to develop intellectually. Early exposure to reading can, and does, make a substantial difference in a child’s ability and desire to learn and absorb. Children are naturally curious and driven to learn; it’s in their genes. Some psychologists even believe that reading to a child in their pre-natal state can be beneficial and by the time they enter preschool it is second nature. The unborn child recognizes, and bonds with, the mother’s strong desire to communicate with him.

It is with that knowledge that parents are urged to begin the communication process as early as possible. Reading to your infant, while pointing out the words or pictures, stimulates the child’s mind to connect with the parent and what the parent is doing.

Make a Distinctive Effort to Schedule Time for Reading with Your Child.

To seriously inspire your child to read, parents must create and adhere to a designated time each day to read with their child. Regardless of the time spent reading in school, or pre-school, it’s imperative that the child see the parent actively engaging in reading too. Doing so with the child reinforces your values and teaches the child that you recognize the importance and enjoyment in reading. That personal involvement will inspire the child and, subconsciously, his psyche to accept the importance, and garner an appreciative perspective of the joys of learning and reading. Read together, early, and often!

Selection of Reading Material is Crucial.

In order to convey the correct perspective toward reading, it’s important that you choose the right kind of books to read. The most effective books are those that are fun to read and listen to. The illustrations or pictures should be fun to look at and of a nature that’s easy for the child to relate to and comprehend. They shouldn’t be too complex or busy.

The language should be simple with a degree of whimsy and amusement, with an almost musical rhythm. It should be pleasant to hear and read, with dynamic inflections to underscore the wonder of it all. Make sure the books are interesting for the both of you. If you’re not involved in the story, your boredom will be obvious and you’ll lose your child’s attention. The more engaging the book is to you, the more you’ll be interested and inclined to read with animation and obvious enjoyment. This will be very important if your child wants to hear the same book over and over, as children are wont to do.

A few Tips to Help the Process:

• Start reading to and with your child from infancy, and encourage their active participation
• Keep age-appropriate books of many interesting subjects or stories available for your children
• Keep a few favorites in the car for unexpected waiting times or for long trips
• Borrow or buy books similar to those being used in the child’s classroom and enjoy them together at
• Older, reading-experienced children may read their favorites out loud, pointing to well-known passages and
illustrations. They may even create an entirely different story. That’s normal and a positive sign of their
having achieved the recognition that books are meant to communicate ideas and stories.

Early Reading Will Give Your Child an Intellectual Boost and Help Your Child Achieve Goals!

Children, by nature, are innately imbued with the desire to learn. They are hardwired with a distinct yearning to learn to communicate and connect with others. Reading to, and with them, early in their life, provides them with a strong support for those natural urges. Books are powerful tools that will help your children develop their amazing abilities to be all they can be. Be proud to be a loving, positive influence. Pull out a book and jump start your child’s journey, today!

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