I love reading aloud to my young granddaughters. It’s an opportunity to ham things up a bit and practice my presentation skills in case I’m ever called upon to do a book reading. It’s also something a whole lot more: a chance to introduce phonics and vocabulary and the joy of holding and reading a real, live book.
The American Academy of Pediatrics believes that reading aloud to your child during the first three years of life enhances pre-literacy skills that are essential to success in school. This is especially important to lower income children who may not have access to as many books in the home as children from wealthier families. Groups like Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters hope to even the odds for those children through home visits.
The June 24, 2014 edition of the New York Times contains an article that explores this issue in more depth. All kids deserve the chance to succeed!