Came across this latest research regarding reading to children. Again and again the research points to the distinct advantages of beginning reading to children from an early age. This research takes into account the vocabulary used in picture books; vocabulary children would not necessarily come across in everyday life. The study states the advantages of those children who are talked to from an early age but the acquisition of uncommon words from picture books is ‘two to three times as likely as parent-child conversations to include a word that isn’t among the 5,000 most common English words.’
I know I am speaking to the converted but the very fact that very young children can begin to acquire language and literacy skills just by listening to a story is all the incentive I need; especially when this is ultimately clearly linked to children mastering reading. Older children also learn new vocabulary and how to use it by first listening to it and understanding how it is used. Again this shows how crucial reading aloud to children of any age is.
To read the report click on the link; http://edsource.org/2015/study-says-reading-aloud-to-children-more-than-talking-builds-literacy/82045