Reading To Young Children Improves Language And Cognitive Development
An infant's brain structure is not genetically determined. Early experiences have a decisive impact on the architecture of the baby's brain. Mothers who begin reading to their children at a very early age have toddlers with greater language comprehension, larger, more expressive vocabularies and higher cognitive scores by the age of two.
A study at Rhode Island Hospital compared two groups of eight month olds – one group was read to often as babies, while the other was not. Those who were read to had their “receptive” vocabularies (number of words they understand) increase 40 per cent since babyhood, while the non-reading group increased by only 16 per cent.
According to a 1985 study by the National Commission on Reading, “reading aloud to children is the single most important intervention for developing their literacy skills”.
The American Academy Of Pediatrics Recommends Daily Reading To Children From Six Months Of Age
Listening to these stories will enhance their vocabularies and help them use longer sentences, while increasing their attention span and ability to focus on what is being said.
When you play these stories to your child, you are building the pathways in their brains needed for successful reading experiences.
When you play these stories you are starting your child on the road to success!