Books do so much! Firstly, experiences with books such as turning the pages, learning that the words stay the same, and following the story prepare children for learning to read. Research says that children need to hear 1000 stories before they are ready to learn to read!
Often overlooked, though, is the oral language development we get from books. Children get exposed to new vocabulary and ideas that are outside their everyday life experiences. We talk about why characters do what they do, how characters are feeling, and predict what might happen next.
While reading, children can learn about seeing things from someone else’s perspective, and have discussions on whether things were right or wrong. Books slow down events, giving us time to ponder and discuss in ways that can’t happen in everyday life. Finally, books also provide a wonderful bonding opportunity for families. Check in with your child’s progress at Coastal Kids Speech.