Many people ask me, “Why is it important for my child to be reading at an early age?” One answer is:
- Your early reader may develop interests and expertise in subject areas by reading advanced texts independently – sooner than children who start reading in kindergarten.
- My daughter is a nonfiction buff – particularly in the area of animals. Because she started reading at two, she was able to read advanced texts by age four. This allowed her to read deeply about topics that interested her: for example squirrels, owls, frogs…and of course, princesses and fairies.
- Advanced vocabulary skills made learning complicated texts much easier for my daughter. As a result, in elementary school she excels in the areas of science and social studies due to her backlog of knowledge.
- In a nutshell, that expertise “effect” can make your early reader very motivated to read and take in as much information as possible.
Reading early is a great way for your child to build vocabulary. Vocabulary and advanced knowledge will provide your child with an advantage when he or she starts school.
How has early reading helped your child or a child you know?
Click here to read your early reader’s first advantage: Motivated by Choice
First publish October 2013.
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