Reading is possibly the single most critical skill a young child picks up. Unfortunately, all too many parents forego education in this basic area. It could be because the parents weren’t taught to love books, or because they think the child will pick up what they need in school or on the computer. There is, however, no substitute for parents helping children to learn to read from a young age. Learn about how and why the young reader becomes a better reader, and how you can help your child on this journey.
The Young Reader Step by Step
Every step on the journey to becoming a good reader is a vital one. Children learn to use technology from a very early age these days, but tablets are no substitutes for reading time spent with your child. Interactive ebooks and technology are a wonderful way to get started, but your child needs you by their side every step of the way.
How Early Reading Helps
Children under the age of five are learning many critical skills that will define their lives as they grow older. Consider the following things that toddlers learn:
- How to parse language
- How to talk
- How to listen
- How to question the world around them
- How to connect images with sound
- How to recognize print
- How to associate sounds and words
- How to engage in basic communication
Those are just a few of the vital skills that reading time will not only help them develop, but will encourage them to master.
Steps to Leaps and Bounds
Children learn both incrementally and in huge intuitive leaps. You may be surprised as you take time to read with your child that they put several steps together and make a giant leap forward. This is because reading time encourages their brain to think critically, to construct sentences, to build their vocabulary and to understand more complex concepts. In short, reading boosts brain power and encourages it to solve problems and put things together.
The more you encourage your child to listen and discuss the books you read together, the better able they will be to engage in communications skills and socialization. They will learn how to put their thoughts into words by comprehending how authors do it in print. When the time comes for them to communicate more complex ideas, they will be better equipped to do so.
Why Young Matters
While it is never too late to turn your child into a great reader, the younger you start, the better off you are. This is because in their formative years, children’s brains are more eager to process, store and parse new information. A young child learns faster and easier than older children and adults. Build their love of books early; they’ll pick it up fast, and they’ll thank you for it later.
If you’re looking for help getting started with your child’s reading success, try one of our free interactive ebooks. Then look at the other amazing tools and games we have available.