Parents are children’s first and most influential teachers. Reading together is one of the earliest shared experiences of parents and children. When you read a story to a child, you are her reading teacher.
Children learn to read by being read to. Research shows that early and good readers come from homes where reading is valued and experienced regularly. The desire to read starts with the early enjoyment of being held in a lap and cuddled as a story is read.
In addition to the feeling of warmth and security. Reading aloud to children expands the world and their vocabulary. It creates an appreciation of the value of print, promotes knowledge of the mechanics of reading from the top to the bottom of the page and from left to right, and helps create an understanding of a sequence of events.
Setting aside time each day to read your child says, I love you and I want to spend special time sharing the story with you. It further demonstrates your love for books and sets the stage for developing in your child an interest and desire to become a reader.
Let your child pick a story. Then cuddle up together to enjoy exploring the power and magic of the printed word.
This is one book we read today. Ask your child about it. ￼