Why Read to Children?

What are some values of reading to children?

1.      Oral Language: When you pause during book reading to talk about the story and what interests your child, you provide them with lots of opportunities to think and talk about the story, which builds comprehension and oral language.

2.      Vocabulary: The more children understand the better their comprehension will be for reading. You can build your child’s vocabulary by stressing new words, talking about what the word means and relating it to your child’s experience.

3.      Story Comprehension: Talking about the important parts of a story (for example, the characters, setting, problem, actions and resolution) makes it easier for your child to make sense of the story.

4.      Print Knowledge: Learning about print helps children understand letter’s make sounds and that print represents spoken language.

5.      Sound Awareness: To be prepared to read, children must understand that words can be broken down into smaller sounds, and that letters correspond to certain words. Sound awareness prepares your child for reading by making it easier for them to sound out words they read later on.

  tips from Five Books, Five Literacy-Building Ideas! By Andrea Lynn Koohi, Hanen staff writer