I was so happy to read the American Academy of Pediatrics’ public announcement: “Reading aloud to your child starting at birth is important.”
Why is it important?
First, the first three years of life is one of the most important times for healthy brain development. Reading aloud has a significant effect on that development.
Second, reading aloud noticeably increases vocabulary development. It teaches other important communication skills like voice intonation and facial expression changes to demonstrate nonverbal communication cues.
Third, reading aloud increases pre-literacy skills, like listening comprehension, which will help your child succeed once formal school begins.
What are some of your favorite books to read aloud?
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