Do You Know?
Do You Know How Important
Reading is to Your Child?

Reading is VERY important for your child! Reading, language, and writing are necessary parts of life and they are skills your child will use the rest of his or her life! Start when they are young by reading to them. "Young" as in infants! This is where it all begins: reading, language, and writing! Reading to your child will not only build their language skills as they hear words pronounced and hear sentences and words and stories, but it will set the stage for them reading on their own as they get older. And it will help foster a love of reading and writing.

Reading can be fun as children read about adventures and use
their imaginations and spark creativity!

Reading, language, as well as writing, are all very important ways
we communicate and the earlier you start your child on that path,
the better! 

Read to your baby and your young children, read with them as they get older and start learning to read on their own, and encourage them to read on their own! Talk about the stories you read and they read. Make up your own endings or your own stories. Make it fun!

Here are 2 great articles about reading and literacy that I highly recommend you taking a look at!

Reading With Your Child
Authors: Bernice Cullinan and Brod Bagert.
Source: U.S. Department of Education.

What you can find in this article:
Start Young and Stay With It
It's Part of Life
One More Time
Talking About Stories
Remember When You Were Very Young
Advertise the Joy of Reading!

Reading, Literacy, and Your Child
Written and compiled by Kyla Boyse, RN. 
Reviewed by faculty and staff at the University of Michigan

What is literacy?
Literacy means being able to read and write. 

Why is reading important?
A child's reading skills are important to their success in school and work. In addition, reading
can be a fun and imaginative activity for children, which opens doors to all kinds of new
worlds for them.  Reading and writing are important ways we use language to communicate.

Other questions this article answers:
How do reading and language skills develop?
How can we make reading part of our family’s lifestyle?
How do you read to a baby?
What if my child is having trouble with reading?

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