Monthly Tips For Supporting Lifelong Readers
Please visit our monthly blog to read suggestions for supporting lifelong readers in your home.
May Reading Tip
The following article was written by Susan Klein. Susan is the Curriculum Coordinator at the University of Texas Child Development Center.
Reading to Children is Essential to Learning
A child’s reading skills are important to their success in school and work. But if that’s not enough, reading can also be a fun and imaginative activity for children — opening doors to all kinds of new worlds! “But my child can’t read yet — why should I have books in the house?” Even before they know what words are, children benefit from watching and listening to you read aloud to them. Within their first year, they are able to learn basic language and reading concepts. The earlier children grasp these concepts, the easier they learn to read, and the easier it is to learn.
Reading and language skills begin to develop right from the start. Research has identified five early reading skills that are essential to learning:
Reading To Babies
Reading To Young Children
Reading Aloud With Emergent Readers
Reading should be even more fun now as you can do it together.
Reading Aloud With Older Children and Teens
Giving them the opportunity to read interesting books that might be too difficult for them helps to motivate them to improve vocabulary and reading skills.
Austin Public Library - Storytime Connections
Check out these great resources from the Austin Public Library for promoting success in your children.