An awesome post!
Working with the Kellogg Institute, the Department of Education has come up with some quite interesting findings about the importance of teaching children about reading as early as possible:
Parents who are with children many hours per day
have that much more instruction time to utilize.
Research shows that the more parents talk to their child
and read to their child the better the child does in school.
The report finds that, whenever an adult reads to a child, at least four (4) important things happen:
A Pleasurable Connection Is Established – children love to snuggle up with a loving adult, causing them to learn to connect reading with love. This connection is made with teachers, too, but they are not as important as family for making this connection.
This Creates a Double Learning Experience – both parent and child are learning from the book that they are reading.
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