New South Wales
We all know we should be reading to our children every night. Not only is it great for their language development, it’s also a really wonderful opportunity to connect with them and relax before going to bed. The Speech Pathologists from Sydney Therapy & Co. in Lane Cove explain the importance…
Putting your toddler to bed is probably the best part of your day… Ahhh sweet, sweet silence.
Well, here is a way to make it even more enjoyable!
READING. Yep, reading. Together. With your toddler.
Haven’t clicked off yet? Well read on…
Research informs us that a child’s vocabulary (i.e. words that they can understand and use) at aged two will impact their reading levels at aged 9 and 11.
What does this mean? Well the most important thing to take away here is that a child’s verbal language (i.e. talking and listening) impacts reading ability JUST AS MUCH (if not more) as their decoding skills (i.e. being able to work out that the letters combined in ‘s-p-l-a-t’ say ‘splat’).
So how do we make sure that your child has the BEST possible start to reading then?
Garner an interest in books from a young age – toddler age. And get them talking with books.
But remember: A child aged two will be very unlikely to sit and ‘read’ a book with you.
So don’t expect them to!
Children around this age are still developing the brain capacity to follow a story; even a short one is tricky. But there are things you can do to help your child view books as positive and fun and get them talking more with books.
And trying it before bed is the perfect time to work it into your routine.
In addition to helping their early literacy skills, creating a routine around reading together has the added bonus of establishing bonding time that your child will really look forward to.
So give it a go and good luck!
Tommie Clarke is a Speech pathologist @ Sydney Therapy & Co.