Teach Your Child To Read At Home
As a parent you want your child to be successful in life. Studies have shown that being able to read is at the foundation of all formal education. Early literacy skills start developing from the time your child is born. A child that is taught to read early in life predictably will do better in all major aspects of life, including academic achievement and personal growth and self-confidence.
WHAT ARE SOME ADVANTAGES TO TEACHING A CHILD TO READ AT AN EARLY AGE
Advantages from being taught to read early are reflected in several significant areas of a child’s development, such as the child’s neurological, educational, psychological, linguistic and social development. For the reasons discussed in this post, and others equally important, I strongly recommend that parents do what you can to teach your child to read at home. This role is shared by all parents, not just a home school parent.
Reading helps to develop a young child’s brain in significantly physical and neurological ways. This is an important time in a child’s life because in the first six years, children learn at a much faster pace than at any other time in their lives. When a child is taught to read, the process of learning has a profound influence on the entire functioning and development of the brain.
MORE BENEFITS TO READING AT AN EARLIER AGE
Studies have shown that strong language skills are the basis for literacy development. Knowing how to read influences a child’s early academic success, imparting a love of learning and leading to the achievement of higher academic success. The early mastering of effective reading abilities helps a child to development necessary knowledge and information to develop strong academic achievement. Early readers are more likely to become both lifelong readers and also lifelong learners, who have been shown in many studies to continue to out-perform their peers who did not learn to read at an earlier age.
Learning to read at an early age at home, with a loving parent, helps a child to grow in self-confidence and independence. Children who, as babies through the age of 2-4, who start learning to read suffer no psychological pressures as is encountered when learning to read in the more academically challenged more formal school environment.
Learning to read at an early age promotes valuable social benefits to your child. Having learned to read imbues your child with a superior sense of accomplishment. This social development helps to develop in your child an ability to relate to other children and adults with a more confident and competent attitude. This also helps to increase your child’s social status among peers, but also to develop in your child a strong self-image and self-confidence.
In addition to these other benefits, children who can read independently and early have more opportunities to encounter the written word through the books, knowledge and ideas they have been exposed to. This process improves your child’s linguistic skills, such as having a richer vocabulary, correct grammar, improved writing, better spelling and more articulate oral communication ability. Studies have shown that early reading skill enables children to communicate more effectively and to learn more effectively.
WHY IS EARLY LITERACY IMPORTANT FOR YOUR CHILD?
Why is early literacy important? According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the following benefits clearly come from a child being taught to read at an early age:
- Children introduced to reading early on tend to read earlier and excel in school compared to children who are not exposed to language and books at a young age
- Reading, rhyming, singing, and talking — beginning from birth — profoundly influence literacy and language development, the foundations for all other learning
- More than 30% of children start Kindergarten lacking skills they need to learn to read
- Children who have developed basic and early literacy skills are more prepared to learn to read. Such children who bring these skills to school have an advantage that carries with them throughout their school years.
THERE IS NO MAGIC AGE FOR WHEN TO TEACH YOUR CHILD TO READ. THE EARLIER IS BETTER
Now that we have explored some of the benefits from teaching your child to read early, what does “early” actually mean? Should you wait until your child is 5, 6 or 7 years old and entering the formal school environment? The answer is clearly and resoundingly NO!
There is no magic age for when to start teaching your child to read. Children develop differently. Children are receptive to learning to read at different ages and stages of their development. There are no studies that definitively point to any particular age. What works for a 2 year old (yes, a child can learn to read at 2) may not work for another child who is 6 or 7, or even older. What seems clear, however, is that there are significant benefits for a child who learns to read at an early age. But children don’t learn to read on their own. Children are encouraged, or even led, to read at early ages by their parents or other caregivers.
Parents and caregivers must educate themselves on the skills and activities necessary to develop a social and educational environment for their children that encourages and develops a child’s adventure into learning to read. This adventure begins when the child is born. Parents and caregivers must learn to nurture in their children the receptivity to learning to read. This learning adventure is clearly a two-way road. Parents and caregivers must do their part on this adventure. We will be discussing these roles in future posts.
In summary, some of the important benefits for a child who is taught to read early include:
- READING IMPROVES BRAIN DEVELOPMENT.
- A LOVE OF READING = A LOVE OF LEARNING
- READING HAS A POSITIVE EFFECT ON PARENT-CHILD BONDING
- READING LEADS TO IMPROVED COMMUNICATION SKILLS
- READING PROMOTES SELF-CONFIDENCE AND CREATIVITY
- EARLY READING ENCOURAGES A CHILD’S INDEPENDENCE
Hope you found this post useful. See you at my next post.
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