One of the groups that I volunteer with is the Poughkeepsie branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). One of our recent projects was to create a brochure about the importance of reading to babies. I’m happy to announce that the finished product, in both Spanish and English, is now available throughout Dutchess County in libraries and pediatrician offices. Thank you to the graphic designer, the translator and the Poughkeepsie Library System for all their efforts to complete the project. The information below is included in the brochure. Enjoy!
Reading to Young Children
Reading aloud to children from an early age is the best way to raise a child who enjoys reading and does well in school. Therefore, why not start with reading to babies!
Why Reading to Babies is Important
- Your baby’s brain triples in size by age 3. The brain develops as your baby interacts with the world and learns new things.
- Reading aloud exposes babies to the sounds of human speech and lays a foundation for learning to read.
- By age two, children know between 300-500 words. Children who are spoken to and read frequently have larger vocabularies and develop into better readers. Therefore, let the talk begin!
- Communication with your baby helps to make sense of the environment. Whether its smiling, laughing or talking, your baby is starting to realize the value of communication
- As your baby’s first teacher, you can help nurture a language-rich environment.
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