We often get asked, “Why is early reading important?”
Reading with young children is often described as one of the most important things you can do as a parent or carer.
This is because early reading (or reading to children when they are young) assists in literacy development and also enriches life experience, both in childhood and adulthood. We outline the reasons why in more detail below.
1. Early reading helps to develop early literacy skills
Early literacy is the skill young children need to have before they are able to learn to read and write. This includes being able to recognise letters, have a basic understanding of language and being able to listen and concentrate. Reading to your pre-schooler greatly assists them to develop these essential pre-literacy skills as they become more familiar with written and spoken language.
2. Reading together helps you and your child to bond
Many young children enjoy a story as part of their bedtime routines. It’s also the chance for a cuddle, to unwind and receive some undivided attention from you.
Reading together helps you and your child to develop a bond of trust, love and shared experiences.
3. Children who are read to tend to have better learning outcomes
Children are more likely to enjoy reading as they grow older if they are read to as young children. This, in turn, encourages them to have more enjoyable and effective learning outcomes as they progress through school.
4. Reading to your child helps them to better understand their world
Books provide a great window to the world, allowing us to build our knowledge and understanding while stimulating our imagination.
Time spent looking at pictures and talking about the content of reading material also greatly helps your child to develop language skills while stimulating their curiosity and interests.
5. Reading helps your child to develop fine motor skills
When toddlers and preschoolers hold a book and turn the pages, they are actually practising their fine motor skills. These skills will help them to successfully hold a pencil or crayon and form letters when they begin to write.
Windermere Child & Family Services offer a range of early childhood development and education services in Melbourne’s south-east. This includes Long Day Care, Family Day Care and Out of School Hours Care Services