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How to kick start reading with your child – Part 1

As a parent, you are your child’s first, and probably most important teacher. Your child will mirror many of your behaviours and values as they grow and learn providing you with one of the deepest human connections you can experience. Many people describe parenting as one of the most rewarding and joyful, yet challenging roles they take on in life. It’s largely a ‘learn on the job’ role that occasionally confronts even the best prepared and committed among us.Parents, like you, try to do everything in your power to give your child every advantage in life, and one of the simplest, low-cost, time-efficient, and most effective ways of giving your child a kick-start in life and in learning is reading to and with your child.The early years of a child’s life are the most significant learning period. Research has shown that 75 per cent of brain development occurs in the first three years of life.By reading aloud to your child, as you nurture him or her, you will help build your connection to your child and contribute to a deeper bond between the two of you – you’ll share the fun of language and stories together, enjoy your shared time, and show you value reading and books. The most active period of brain growth and development is from birth to three years and it is widely recognised that sharing books with young children before they go to school greatly improves their chances of developing good literacy skills.

Benefits of reading aloud with your child
Research studies consistently report the benefits of reading aloud to your child.  Here’s just a few of the many, many reasons to do so:

  • Literacy is the cornerstone of the curriculum in early childhood education, primary and secondary schools
  • Helping your child’s development
  • Encouraging a love of reading
  • Establishing a reading practice
  •  Kick-starting your children’s literacy learning
  • Giving your child a good start for school
  • Demonstrating your values of reading and learning
  • Being involved and engaged in your child’s education
  • Helping your child’s social-emotional wellbeing
  • Establishing a deep and warm connection with your child
  • Enabling your child to form connections with others through reading
  • Reading with your children is easy, rewarding and can be life-changing
  • Sharing precious time together
  • Helping your child understand values and principles through stories
  • Encouraging your child’s learning through reading
  • Developing reading as an enjoyable and inexpensive leisure and entertainment pursuit
  • Helping your child meet the demands of everyday living and work
  • Giving your child the means to acquire future knowledge and self-development as the foundation for lifelong learning
  • Reading has never been more important because new technologies use reading – full participation requires literacy skills!
Bedtime reading is considered one of the best private investments you can make in your child’s education, and it’s free!- written by English Champ

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