Why does reading to your child help so much ?

From birth to five, a child’s brain is wiring itself to hear the distinct sounds and syllables within words and absorbing the grammatical patterns of language.  This is a critical stage.  Reading aloud exposes children to a richer vocabulary as well.  The average child enters kindergarten familiar with approximately 5,000 words.  Most parents and teachers don’t realize that the normal child’s book has 17% more “rare” words than the conversation of a college graduate.  (from Annual Growth, Catch-Up Growth, Field, Kerr and Rosier) 

The importance of reading to your child between birth and age five is evident above and in research.

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