Benefits of Book Reading in Early Years

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Benefits of Books in the Early Years By Erin Martin The initial period of learning to read and write for children is an important stage of literacy development. Interactions at home with the family, are where children first experience literacy practices. So, it is important for parents to offer daily support to further enhance the development of literacy. Book reading, writing activity support and enjoyable literacy practices are all key factors in allowing parents to connect with their children’s school in order to better support the child’s reading and writing. Book reading is a fundamental and simple activity that parents and children can enjoy together to enhance the literacy experience. Book reading is when children start to realise differences between oral and written language. It allows the child to start understanding word structures, develop and understand concepts of print and to also help them build a positive attitude towards reading and learning. But, success doesn’t just come from the reading itself. Positive interactions from parents such as questioning, elaborating on word meanings and identifying specific letters, are of great benefit to children. By providing an encouraging environment and interacting positively during book reading, children will be more interested and view reading as a pleasurable experience. As children get older, and are able to start reading by themselves, the above practices should not be forgotten. Rather, different methods should be implemented in order to keep children interested in reading, to expand their knowledge, vocabulary and comprehension and to perhaps give them exposure to books they are not ready to read themselves. As literacy in the early years of schooling is vital for continued school success, the influence a parent’s contribution can have through at-home family literacy practices is

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