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When To Start Reading With Your Kids

Updated on December 15, 2008
Reading starts at infancy stage.
Reading starts at infancy stage.

Do you read with your kids? Can you still remember the first time you read to your baby? At what age did you start reading with them?

Children tend to do better in school if exposed early to reading. Start reading with your kids as soon as possible. You don't have to wait for them to reach pre school age. Exposing children to reading enhances dynamic skills. School becomes second nature to them. Reading is a child's motivation to explore the world around him. The development of reading skills doesn't merrily end with being able to utter the words. It has different stages. Asking and answering questions to children after a story helps in the development of comprehension skills but before we touch on that subject matter it is important to be able to do first thing first. Start reading with babies even when they are in the mother's womb. If you haven't done this you don't have to worry about anything. You could always start as soon as possible. Some pregnant mothers even read to children when they are still in the womb. I believe there is truth in this because when I was pregnant I was fond of listening to lively music so if babies react on music they could always hear you when your read to them. My baby would kick in my tummy especially when he likes the music. When he was born he was very inclined to music. Then I noticed that he is fascinated with animals so I bought him a lot of books about animals. He loves to read a lot. He reads to me like a storyteller. I can see how much he have learned these years. We have to be consistent with what we are doing. We should not leave them alone when they already know how to read. See to that you spend time reading with your child every night before they go to sleep. Television can never replace your quality time together.


What is reading?

Reading is producing and understanding linguistic communication. The skills and knowledge to understand how phonemes or speech sounds are connected to print. Reading is a valuable tool for young and adults. It is as fundamental as eating. We need to eat to nourish our physical body, we need to read to nourish our soul. Learning how to read does not happen overnight. It is developmental in nature.No humans were born readers. As a skill we need to develop this one step at time. The earlier the better because the enhancement would be greater each time we read. The parents are the children's first teachers. Showing books, pictures, watching television and letting kids listen to music are their first encounters to reading. Eventually, these connections are stong enough to create a piece of knowledge.

Why Read to Babies

Focusing on pictures develop eye muscle coordination. Each time he hears a particular word it imprints more strongly in his brain. How do brains learn? They learn by doing. Brain connections form as a baby sees, hears or feels anything. Reading to babies develops a special connection between the parent and the baby. It is a special time together that creates a close bond. Babies enjoys hearing voices specially the rhythm and sound even if they can not understand it so well yet.

Suitable books for Babies

Babies need books with simple, brightly colored pictures with a few words to each page. Babies who are starting to crawl and walk likes books with simple pictures of the things that they know such as toys, animals and food. When they are old enough to hold books they tend to tear the pages, chew them or throw them. Then you need a strong, simple and cheap books.

Are you teaching your child to love reading?

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Here are some suggested reading books for children.

Starter Library Books for Newborn to Six Months Old

Books for Six to Twelve Months Old

Suggested Books for One to Two Years Old

Starter Library Books for Two to Three Years Old

Here are some read along stories and songs that you might enjoy reading with your kids. Have fun!!!

Mice-tro Mozart

Birds in the Band

The Frog Princess

Donkey Jack

Eensy Weensy Spider

Calico Pie

Reading fascinates people of all ages much more with children. How much we read is motivated since we were young. The need to read and grasp the meaning of what we are reading is important whether we are cooking, taking tests or taking medications. No one has learned nothing in reading. Help your child develop their reading skills early in life. It is in reading that we gain a lot of knowledge and remember that knowledge is power!



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    • hafeezrm profile image

      hafeezrm 6 years ago from Pakistan

      I have grand kids and it is fun to play with them. I have got many tips from your hub and would enjoy it more.

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      pisethz 7 years ago

      You mentioned about start to read before preschool age, can you make it a bit clear when to start? first week or second week or one month after the kid is born?

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      FG 8 years ago

      My friends and I have recently had kids and found websites like Little Monkey Tales to be fantastic.

      Their are cute fun stories to read your kids and best of all if you are tired, simply press play and the story is read for you. It also has some great effects that kid my baby interested.

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      hibiscus_mel 9 years ago from Marlton, New Jersey

      Thats great Londongirl. It would always be fun and memorable for kids to read wiith parents.

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      hibiscus_mel 9 years ago from Marlton, New Jersey

      Yes, ripplemaker, the possibilities are endless when kids are taught how to read first at home.

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      LondonGirl 9 years ago from London

      We've read to my son since he was very small, and he has always enjoyed it.

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      Michelle Simtoco 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi, in our preschool, we do see the significant effect if children have been to by their parents at home. They gravitate towards book readily and get fascinated easily. :-) I am joyously an advocate for reading literacy in kids so way to go! :)