The Importance of Reading to Young Children

The Importance of Reading to Young ChildrenAs a parent, we all understand the importance of reading.  We use it on a daily basis, and as a matter of fact you are using it as we speak.  Now that your child has learned letters, words and ideas putting together a reading plan can make later learning an easier process.

Children who partake in early literacy activities have more confidence than children who are not offered this resource.  Premier Academy has the tools and resources to encourage reading, as we feel increased confidence will enable your child him to socialize better with adults and other children. These great tips will make reading fun and easy.

Reading is Everywhere:

Driving, grocery stores, at home, at the doctor’s office, reading is everywhere.  While at the grocery store with your Pre-K Omaha, Nebraska child, read the back of the cereal box, the magazine cover or the sale signs.  Ideas live everywhere you and your child go, and actively engaging in conversation about them will expose your child to more information about the world.

Every Day Job

Reading to your child every day will help them have a longer attention span and better listening skills. It complements what they are learning in kindergarten. If your child is able to sit and listen for long periods as you read, they will have the skills necessary to sustain reading on their own for longer periods of time.

Use rich vocabulary

Reading should include a focus on words. Using rich language enables children to better express themselves. Changing words like gigantic instead of big or marvelous instead of good are great examples.

Let your child read to you

If you read your child’s favorite book to them time and   time again, your child will begin to memorize the words.  This is ok as the words will become more familiar.  Let your child read to you!  Even if they are not reading everything correctly, this encourages your child to share reading with you and others they may encounter.

Keep it fun, for everyone

As you read with your child, keep them involved by asking questions about the story, and let them fill in the blanks. You can also create activities related to the stories you’re reading. This keeps your child involved and they may even do this on their free time!

Beyond books

Reading material comes in many different shapes and sizes, some of which may be more accessible to a new reader. Video games, magazines, and comic books all provide opportunities for reading practice. Other suggestions for adding reading into your home:  playing board games, closed caption on your television, instructions for putting together a game and grocery lists are just a few great ideas.

Don’t let reading be a chore.

Reading should be a choice, not a chore. Make sure there are a variety of books, magazines, and other materials available for your child to choose from.  While it’s fine to make suggestions, never force your conceptions of what your child should be reading onto your child. Keep an eye on the reading level of the books your children choose. Let them stretch to the best of their ability, but be ready to help if they get discouraged.