How Soon Should You Start Reading With Your Child?

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You can’t start early enough

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics you can’t start early enough! Reading with a child in early infancy can boost vocabulary and reading skills four years later, before the start of school.

“These findings are exciting because they suggest that reading to young children, beginning even in early infancy, has a lasting affect on language, literacy and early reading skills.” 

Carolyn Cates PHD, Lead author and research assistant professor in the department of paediatrics at New York University School of Medicine.

The study consisted of 250 Mothers and their babies aged between 6 months and 4.5 years old and they were monitored on how well they could understand words, early literacy and reading skills.

The researchers found that book reading in infancy and toddlerhood predicted child vocabulary up to for years later, prior to school entry. These results highlight the importance of promoting book-reading soon after birth, early reading matters!

Whats your experience with your child’s reading?

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