Giving your children a reading head start is a sure way to avoid an early literacy gap. Early literacy skills are important to develop from a young age to ensure their reading success.
It is highly recommended that parents get their children to enjoy reading from a young age.
Why It Is Important To Get A Reading Head Start: The 30,000,000 Word Gap
- By the time underprivileged children have turned three years old, they have heard 30 million words less than the average privileged three year old child.
- Before they have even started preschool, they have fallen behind and take years to catch up.
- Studies have shown that some children only start speaking at a scary, five years old because their parents weren’t consistent with interacting.
- From an early age, Between 86-98% of our children’s vocabluary is developed at home and learnt from parents.
What Can You Do: Give Your Child A Reading Head Start
For only 15 minutes a day, it is highly recommended that parents do the following with their children:
Get A Reading Head Start By: Visiting Your Local Library
- Studies have shown that 50% of words found in books, are more rare.
- You can attend a storytime with your child – this is beneficial for your child’s learning process as well as making it a bonding experience for the two of you.
- There are 45 storytimes a week.
- There are 28 Library Locations.
- Your child can get their own, free, Library card.
- You can check out 30 books at a time.
- There are over 124,101 Children’s picture books available.