As young children continue to develop and get older, one of the most important aspects of their development is language development. Every parent is eager for their kindergartner to come home reading fluently, but that skill starts many years before. Reading at home with your children helps them to strengthen their language, vocabulary, and comprehension skills.
An article by ScienceDaily states that research shows that there can be up to a “million-word gap” for children who are not read to at home versus those who are. The study found that children who were read 5 children’s books a day at home had heard over one million words more than those who were not read to at home. That million-word gap, has a huge impact on a child’s ability to comprehend and understand vocabulary words. The article states that “kids who hear more vocabulary words are going to be better prepared to see those words in print when they enter school… They are likely to pick up reading skills more quickly and easily.”
With the understanding that more time reading equals better understanding and fluency, there is no better time to start reading with your child at home regularly then now! June marks the beginning of summer which is a time to relax and spend quality time as a family. One of the best ways to do this is by carving out a little time each night to have your little one curl up with a good book or two!
Here are some suggestions to help make reading routine at your home and build successful readers:
Read Every Night
Find a Quiet Spot
Make Reading Exciting
Learn How to Handle a Book
Read About Things They Love
Remember that the goal for family reading time is to enjoy spending time together while your child accesses a wide variety of books and new words. Even from a young age, children continue to hear and pick up new vocabulary words daily! Reading with you nightly is a key component in making sure your child has the literary foundation needed to be successful once they start kindergarten!