Read to Your Toddler
In the last decade, researchers have made important discoveries in children's development during the first five years of life. We now know a lot about how young children grow and develop early language and literacy skills. Here's why reading aloud to your toddler is so important:
- Nearly 50% of a child's learning occurs in the first five years of life.
- Toddlers learn nine new words a day! Children who are spoken to and read to frequently have larger vocabularies and develop into better readers.
- Reading with your toddler is the best way to prepare your child to learn to read.
Illustrations from READ IT, DON'T EAT IT! copyright © 2009 by Ian Schoenherr. Reproduced by permission of Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.