Growing Readers is a monthly article offering parents and caregivers information on early childhood development and how to foster young readers and learners.
Reading to young children is an easy and enjoyable way to pass the time. But did you also know, according to a study conducted by Ohio State University, that young children whose parents read them five books a day enter kindergarten having heard about 1.4 million more words than kids who were never read to?
In a release published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Jessica Logan, a member of Ohio State's Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy, notes, "Kids who hear more vocabulary words are going to be better prepared to see those words in print when they enter school.”
Read books together daily! Even if you read the same book multiple times, your child is developing vocabulary, narrative skills, and the rhythm and sounds of language. The library offers programs like 1000 Books Before Kindergarten and the Summer Adventure Program to make reading even more enjoyable and rewarding.
“I love ‘Big, Bigger, Biggest!’ because it incorporates concepts like opposites, along with words you don’t always hear in everyday language.” said Miss Andrea.
You can also check out VersaMe by Starling, an Explore Kit with a device that counts the words your baby hears each day, so you can see exactly how many words you’re speaking to your child.