By Summer Verdugo, Intern
Children are constantly developing cognitive skills such as learning basic speech or communication skills, most of which are determined by their surroundings. In an effort to help develop such skills, reading to your child at an early age is one great way to initiate the process.
Reading to your child can begin as early as preschool when a child is growing and the influences they experience have a profound effect on them (Early Moments, 2015). It has also been shown that children who begin reading at a young age have the ability of producing a larger vocabulary for their age (Raikes, Pan, & Luze, 2006).
One of my favorite memories as a child was the trips my family would take to the library. My parents would let me pick any book I wanted and I would get so excited that I would choose ten books at a time. If you’re looking for an active way to get your child interested in reading, make a fun family trip to your local library and have your child pick out the books they would like to read.
At Serving Kids Hope, multiple programs are designed to support the overall well-being of children. One of their programs focuses on outreach lessons, where certain educational classes are started with reading a book to the kids in relation to the lesson of the day such as Stone Soup, Gingerbread Picasso or Healthy Halloween. These lessons also involve a fun hands-on activity that correlates with the book they read as well as a physical activity.
Come visit and get your child involved in a fun reading experience!