Children Who are Read To Just Know More!

We were discussing in our reading class this week how research indicates that children who are read to on a regular basis simply know more when they get to school.  Besides preparing the child to be a reader, being read to increases vocabulary and allows for more discussion and conversation. Combine that with the regular model of reading fluency from the adult and you have a prescription for a successful reader. We also know that children must be explicitly taught reading kills. Having the language background of hearing and participating in stories provides a wonderful foundation for those reading skills to make sense. It also provides a connection between print, reading and talking. That connection is not automatic with many children.

We don’t know for sure what type of a world our child will have in 15 years. One way we can help him is to arm him with skills he will need no matter what the world looks like. Reading is one of those skills.

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11 responses

  1. The children must learn to internalized and understand very well what they read.

  2. I teach Pre-K and I can tell within a day or two of the new school year the children who are read aloud to on a regular basis. They have a larger vocabulary and love to be read to. My 26 month old granddaughter has been read aloud to since her birth. Not only does she have a very large vocabulary for her age, she is beginning to understand the concept of print. Yesterday she was looking at a jelly jar and asked her mom "Did you get the jelly at Kroger?" My daughter turned the jar around so that she could see the label, and was amazed that she could identify the Kroger logo.

  3. I am working with toddlers now, and I have been see the changes in most of the daycares and head start. Before that was only like a baby-sitter, now teacher need to be more professionals to work with children. I agree with you about we do not know what type of a world will be in 15 or 20 years from now, but it is very important to prepare our children with the best skills, and I agree that reading is one of the best skills because reading gave them the best tool to start.

  4. I belive that exposing children to literature at an early age helps them to increase their vocabulary and to learn new and shophisticated words that they maight not hear at home. Also by exposing children to books at an early age they become passionate about literature.

  5. I am a preschool teacher, and I do believe that children who are read at home daily, develop stronger literacy and language skills than students who are not provided with this instruction at home.Finally, I encourage my parents to read to their children at home in their first or second language

  6. I work in a Pre-k classroom and I have personally read some of the research regarding children and learning how to read. I agree with you that when children are exposed to print at an early age it can give them an advantage when it comes to concepts of reading. I feel that not only reading to children can help children develop language skills but also talking with children in complete sentences can also improve reading skills and oral language.

  7. I teach Pre-K and reading is one of the main subjects in our class. Children who are read to develop better social, literacy, and language skills. Children are able to use their critical thinking skills when read to on a daily basis. They also develop great writing skills.

  8. Interesting and important information. It is really beneficial for us. Thanks

  9. Through my experience, children fondness of reading are down to how they were influenced and parents play a great part on that. Of course, environment helps as well.

  10. Through my experience, children fondness of reading are down to how they were influenced and parents play a great part on that. Of course, environment helps as well.

  11. i think Publishers must adapt titles to the demands of modern young readers who spend more time on the internet if they are to succeed in persuading the next generation to read.

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