Reading to Your Baby

Why Read to Your Baby

  • Literacy is a continuous process that begins in infancy.
  • Getting a positive start is key to a successful future.
  • The first five years of life are a period of rapid brain development.
  • A growing body of evidence has demonstrated that the early years of a child’s life are pivotal to long-term growth and development.
  • A child’s experiences during this period shape the brain in ways that impact lifelong learning, behaviour, health and quality of life.
  • Literacy is formed from a wide variety of language experiences, including speaking, listening, singing, reading, writing and playing.
  • Early literacy development is closely linked to a child’s earliest experiences with books and stories.
  • The foundations of learning to read are laid from the moment a child first hears the sounds of people talking, the tunes of songs, and the rhythms and repetitions of rhymes and stories.
  • By exploring language in many different ways, parents can help their child make the connection between speech and print.
  • Developing early literacy skills has a long-term impact on a child’s reading achievement and academic success.
  • Everything children learn about language and communication in the first few years of life will determine the difficulty or ease with which they later learn to read and to write in school.