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Language Development and Reading

Reading to kids fosters language development

Reading to your children is a great way to help them acquire language skills that are critical for future reading ability.

A recent study conducted at the University of Alberta revealed the importance of what scientist call the “ home literacy environment.” What parents do at home to foster literacy predicts children’s early literacy skills, such as letter knowledge and vocabulary. These skills, in turn, ultimately enhance future reading ability.

A rich home literacy environment is especially important for English-speaking children, since the language is complex compared to other languages. Because letters can have more than one sound each, children need someone to show them the letters and teach them the sounds.

Moms and dads can do this simply by reading children’s books to their kids, starting at an early age. As they get older, parents can point out letters and make a game of telling kids what sounds they make. The more parents read to their children, the more kids learn. When reading is fun, learning is practically effortless.

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