Reading to babies gives them literary skills headstart, study shows Reading to babies gives them literary skills headstart, study shows
PARENTS are being told to read to their newborn babies to increase their literacy skills later in life. The Premiers’ Reading Challenge wants tots... Reading to babies gives them literary skills headstart, study shows

PARENTS are being told to read to their newborn babies to increase their literacy skills later in life.

The Premiers’ Reading Challenge wants tots — and their parents — to hit the books years ahead of school.

Associate Professor Patricia Eadie, from the University of Melbourne, said books and storytelling could be introduced to children as young as three months old.

“Once a child or baby can be sitting and looking at things, there is no reason why that can’t be a board book,” she said.

“The key thing is that it provides a way of learning and hearing new words. In the early years, it is all about building a foundation.

“What parents do at home matters a lot.”

Prof Eadie said there was a “strong relationship” between the number of times children were read to and their literacy skills later in life.

The Early Language in Victoria study found reading to youngsters resulted in better literacy and spelling.

By age four, the reading skills of a child read to every day is a year ahead of those read to just twice a week.

Those read to three to five times a week were six months ahead.


The Very Hungry Caterpillar, read by Oliver, is recommended for preschool aged children.

The challenge tasks children with reading or “experiencing” 40 books, including The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Possum Magic, within six months.

Kingsville siblings Margot, 8 months, Flynn, 4, and Audrey Tinkler, 6, have all signed up for the challenge.

Each read a book a day — or have it read to them.

“If they had the choice they wouldn’t stop at one book,” mum Kate Tinkler said.

“We have read to them all since they were babies. They love the sound of your voice and the time you take to spend with them.

“Audrey spoke very early and had 40 words by the time she was one. Having an interest in books has really created a love of literacy in them.”

Families and Children Minister Jenny Mikakos said a new campaign, as part of the challenge, would make sure “every parent knows the benefits of reading to their kids from day one”.

“Sharing books with children is one of the most powerful things we can do to help build a child’s love of literature and reading,” she said.

“We want more Victorian families reading to their kids more often because we know how beneficial it is.”

TIPS FOR READING TO YOUNG CHILDREN:

— trace your finger under the word you read

— describe pictures your child touches, for example: “look at that …” or “you found a …”

– sit close so you can see your child’s eyes as they look at the book

— read books in a “conversational” way

— for older children, ask them to predict what will happen next

— ask your child their favourite part

 

Credit: Herald Sun

Henry Okafor

  • Ronni bragg

    2017-05-14 #1 Author

    I love this article because i have been reading to my son since he was a newborn and now hes 11 months old and he tries to talk in sentences and read the story with me now i think everyone would read to their baby since the day u bring them home .

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  • Aubrey Bautista

    2017-05-14 #2 Author

    So interesting, i have ideas now! Although my child is already smart i want her to learn more, Thankyou babies daily news! 🙂

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  • Marie

    2017-05-14 #3 Author

    Amazing 😊 I love reading to kids I will read to my son everyday

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  • Monisha Hill

    2017-05-14 #4 Author

    I love reading to my two month old baby girl.

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  • Carmelita Medina

    2017-05-14 #5 Author

    I read to my 7 month old and have been for the past 2 months and she gets excited when she sees a certain book. I’m sure she recognizes pictures and soon will start to recognize words

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  • Robyn

    2017-05-14 #6 Author

    Its always good to read to your baby even in the belly

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  • Shawnease

    2017-05-14 #7 Author

    Great tips for early learning. This is why I am reading to my baby now. He is only 7 months but he is advanced.

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  • Bianca Basurto

    2017-05-14 #8 Author

    This is very true my mother did the same as I was growing up and in school I always excelled in reading and language arts! I am doing the same with my children.

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  • Samantha Houston

    2017-05-14 #9 Author

    Very truthful!!!!

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  • Nora

    2017-05-15 #10 Author

    Tracing the words with your fingers is a very useful tip

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    • Renita

      2017-05-15 #11 Author

      Tracing the words with your fingers is a very useful tip

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  • Shinna noroño

    2017-05-16 #12 Author

    I always do this to my son and now he is turning to he really love books instead of toys! 😍 He know alphabets number and animals and colors 😍

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  • shaneakqualjanel

    2017-05-16 #13 Author

    This is very useful tip. Thanks a lot.

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  • Raven

    2017-05-25 #14 Author

    I’ve read to my baby! Going to continue!!

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  • Mimi

    2017-06-06 #15 Author

    I always do this to my little girl😊
    #reading👍

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