Read From the Start, Read For Life
Q. When should I start reading to my baby?
You may wonder whether you should refrain from reading to your baby until he is old enough to understand all the words. In fact, reading aloud is an important way for a parent to help a baby learn vocabulary and to stimulate a baby's brain cells to grow stronger and develop more fully. Studies show kids whose parents frequently read to them know more words by age 2 than children who have not been read to regularly.
The best part about reading aloud is that you don't need any special tools or a lot of money − it's just you, your child, and a book!
Try to set aside time to read every day − perhaps before naptime and bedtime. Also look for opportunities to read on-the-go to make reading part of your child's everyday routine. Children will better understand their surroundings if you read the world around them.
Reading touches upon every area of our lives. It helps us do well in school and later succeed at our jobs. Reading's also a great way to keep learning and growing long after you finish school! Instilling a love of reading in your child is one of the best gifts you can give them.