First 5 Years

Read to Your Baby - It's Not Only Babytalk!

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Reading to babies sparks their brain development and creativity. It helps them succeed later when they enter school. And, it's a fun and unique bonding opportunity for parents and their babies.

Thanks to research over the last decade, we now know a lot about how babies grow and develop their early language and literacy skills. Here are some of the facts:

  • Babies begin to learn language from birth. Reading aloud exposes children to the sounds of human speech.
  • By the age of two, children understand between 300-500 words and can speak about 50-200 words. Children who are spoken to and read to frequently have larger vocabularies and develop into better readers.
  • Sharing books with your baby lays the foundation for learning to read.

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