Evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who donвt, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures. In fact, reading for pleasure is more likely to determine whether a child does well at school than their social or economic background. What difference can I make as a parent? You can make a huge difference! Parents are the most important educators in a childвs life в even more important than their teachers в and itвs never too early to start reading together. Even before they\’re born, babies learn to recognise their parents\’ voices.
Reading to your baby from birth, even for just a few minutes a day, gives them the comfort of hearing your voice and increases their exposure to language.
Reading skills are critical for childrenБs development, and consecutive studies have shown a link between competency in reading and overall attainment. According to a report entitled Reading for Change, Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD): Б than their familyБs socio-economic status. Б Below are some other key benefits of engaging children in reading from the earliest opportunity.
Reading is key for future success By supporting children to read in their leisure time at every age, by looking at reading through picture or chapter books for example, parents can help to ensure that children are equipped with the necessary skills to succeed in later life. The Rose Review (2008), an Independent Review of the Primary School Curriculum, argued that: Б A deep engagement with storytelling and great literature link directly to emotional development in primary children. Б A study by the National Literacy Trust also showed that the number of children who read above the expected level for their age and have books of their own is 80%. б In contrast, the figure for those with children who don t have their own books and read below their expected level is 58%.
This correlation between an appreciation for books and reading levels demonstrates the importance of children gaining exposure to texts at a young age. Reading helps to develop a number of skills In To read or not to read ( 2007), the National Endowment for the Arts stated that: Б Leisure reading makes students more articulate, develops higher order reasoning, and promotes critical thinking. Б Once children have mastered the ability to read they will be able to have access to a wider breadth of language that they can use in their oral and written communications.
As children read they will need to process information about character, themes and plot and decode words, all of which will help develop their comprehension skills. The governmentБs DirectGov websites offer the following tips on how parents can help to at an early age. spendб a fewб minutes a day telling stories and reading together, and make it fun by choosing books you both enjoy read as you walk down the street and round the shops, pointing out signs and words and talking about them