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Talking with your child provides her with basic language skills. Families differ considerably in how much they talk to their babies and toddlers! Emerging data shows that children whose parents talk to them a lot enter school with stronger verbal skills and larger vocabularies, better prepared to learn to read.
Children love to sing! It is fun and, through singing, they learn to break down words into their smallest parts, which goes hand in hand with sounding out words.
Even when your child is just a baby, reading aloud to him provides great benefits. He learns what a book is for, how it’s used, and that it’s interesting. In time, he will understand that the lines and squiggles convey meaning; he’ll learn to study the pictures for clues to the story, and he will learn a wealth of information from even the simplest books. Best of all, when reading with a parent is a happy time of sharing and closeness, he’ll learn to love books and reading!