Reading aloud with children is known to be the single most important activity for building the knowledge and skills they will eventually require for learning to read. – Marilyn Jager Adams
Babies: Start Learning Sounds & Words
Babies learn to communicate from the movement they born. Crying is also part of their communication. Making sounds is the first step of their language development. Listening to adults and imitating sounds improve their language.
Reading simple board books , Peek-a-boo books helps them a lot and rhymes play crucial role in their language development.
Toddlers: The time we can make them fall in love with books
The books you read to toddlers help to develop their love of reading in later years and improve their listening skills. Books help them to learn new words and also about the world around them. Talking about books helps your toddler to understand the importance of reading. Stories make them curious and they understand how to communicate their views. Some times you may get bored of reading the same book again and again but it’s perfectly alright and helps them to understand the story better and learn new words.
Picture books are great to read toddlers.
Pre-schoolers: Start learning magic of Words
This is the stage kids start using their vocabulary and slowly get used to the written words.
Reading helps this process smoother.
As children get exposed to outer world they experience different situations and start sharing their understandings, imaginations (many times) in their own words then they need language to share their stories that leads to progress their language skills. Little help from parents and care givers engaging them in meaningful conversations and asking questions and correcting them in a subtle way makes difference here.
Reading books helps you to begin conversation with your kid. You both can share your ideas, observations while doing this you must value your child opinions that make them more interested in observing and sharing.
“3 to 4 Years: Weaving stories with words
Try to introduce new words to your kindergartener (according to the situations) in your daily conversations this help your child to build strong vocabulary and his\her own reading will be hassle free because he\she can understands complex stories also.
Start reading different kinds books so that they can get to know many new words and able to understand those stories and easily start writing too.
At this stage they can understand the difference between letters and sounds. Word games are perfect for this age group.
First & Second Grade:
This is the stage you start getting the results for your efforts so far (to make your kid as a good reader). The words and stories they have listened to start working here in this stage to understand the written language. They can easily read and write simple words and stories. But still there is a lot more to go…… the more they read & write the more fluent they become so continue your reading with your child and also encourage your child to read so that he\she can understand the meanings and most importantly they know about pauses and expressions while reading which is very important aspect of reading.
Reading aloud with children is known to be the single most important activity for building the knowledge and skills they will eventually require for learning to read. â€“ Marilyn Jager Adams