OUR CHILDREN ARE NEVER TOO YOUNG … TO HEAR US READ
A WONDERFUL STORY
Matthew is not only a New England Patriots fan but he is enjoying hearing his mother and father talk and read to him every day and often.
At his age, it matters less what is read to him– and more that he hears the rhythms and tones of his parents’ voices. That’s because his brain is listening for the parts and patterns of word sounds so that he can learn to understand and speak the language of the important people around him. And language …. is the path to learning-to-read.
Reading is more rhythmic than talking- especially books that rhyme.
So get to your local library and check out 5-10 baby books that repeat and rhyme the sounds in words. Your baby is listening for them!
OUR CHILDREN IMITATE AND WANT TO BE LIKE THOSE THEY LOVE. SHARING THE ACT OF READING BRINGS PARENTS AND CHILDREN CLOSER EVEN AS CHILDREN BEGIN TO READ ON THEIR OWN. SHOW THEM THAT YOU READ — YOUR NOVELS, YOUR RECIPES, THE DIRECTIONS FOR THE NEW APPLIANCE … EXAMPLE IS A POWERFUL TEACHER.
Let me introduce you to my daughter, Eva. She is a champion reader, and everything a mother could want in a daughter.
Okay, so maybe she wasn’t a champion reader when she was 9 months old, but hey, you have to start somewhere.
As a an early literacy consultant highly trained in the field of reading, I knew how important it was to have conversations with her, even before she could say words! It was especially important to respond to the conversations that she would initiate …. with gestures, utterances and babbles. I responded to her knowing each time I did, her little and magnificent brain was forming neural pathways that would lay the foundation she would use for learning to read. SO simple- yet SO powerful- and SO much more effective than any commercial product like Baby Einstein.
I made a daily commitment to read, talk and sing to her so that the sounds, patterns and rhythms of our language would become intimately familiar to her. That, I knew was laying a sturdy foundation in her little brain for a big life of reading. For more information on this concept visit The Center for the Developing Child at Harvard. Click on the blue text for a wonderful 2 minute video that demonstrates this concept.