Posted Oct 13, 2006.
Early and continual parental involvement has great benefits for children. Parents help to stimulate their child’s development when they read, sing, and talk to their babies from birth. These are all key steps to early literacy. The earlier parents start the better.
When parents read to their children, they are paving the way to life-long learning skills. Parents’ love for reading has a clear affect on children's view of reading.
Parents should read to their child on a regular basis, everyday if possible. Consider the following tips:
Around ages 2–3, begin reading stories of animals, potty training; going to childcare, etc.
For preschoolers (ages 3–5), read books that help to prepare them for school, that teach lessons about diversity, about sharing, using manners, and other social skills.
The New York Times Parent Guide to the Best Books for Children, 2000 by Eden Ross is a guide/resource for children’s books.
Once again remember:
Sources: Rothstein, Richard (2004). Harvard Forum. HGSE WGBH Forum. Closing the Achievement Gap.
University of California Cooperative Extension. (2006) Reading to Succeed Fact Sheet: Selecting Books for Young Children. http://ceplacer.ucdavis.edu/Custom%5FProgram833/
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