How can I help my child to begin reading?

Parents can sometimes believe that it is the job of their first teacher to teach their child to read and that reading will happen at school. However, the reading process begins as a newborn baby and therefore It is important to realise that it is never too early to read with your child. 

Reading aloud to your newborn is essential for their language development. Reading introduces them to words and sentence formation and concepts such as shapes, numbers and colours.

Establishing a time each day to read with your child will also demonstrate a love of reading. 

As your baby grows and moves into their next stage of development (toddler),continuing to read to them is essential and by using picture books you can encourage them to tell their own story. 

Before your child enters the world of formal education, here are two ways that you can help them develop language and early literacy skills.

  1. Talk to your child – it may seem an obvious statement but talking to our children is so important
  2. Establish a time each day to read stories, share poetry and rhyme. Ask your child to choose one or two books. Repetition of stories is essential and also books with rhyme and repetition. 

Children are made readers on the laps of their parents. —Emilie Buchwald (author)

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