Benefits of Early Reading
Reading is the foundation of education, so teaching your child to read early is the key to their success in the future. There are tons of advantages of developing reading ability at an early age. At the Martin-Pitt Partnership for Children, we fund programs in early literacy during the first 2,000 days of a child’s life. Some advantages of teaching early literacy are as follows:
Reading helps to develop a young child’s brain. Important connections are formed in the brain very early in life, learning at a much faster pace than any other timespan during their first six years. When a child is taught reading skills, the learning process influences the entire functioning and development of the brain. As you talk, sing, and read to your child, the existing links among brain cells are strengthened and new links are formed. These links form the basis of all future learning and intellectual ability.
When a child learns to read at an early age, they will have greater general knowledge and an expanded vocabulary as well as improved attention spans and better concentration skills. It opens opportunities for academic success, allowing your child to pick up necessary knowledge and information by mastering effective reading strategies. Early readers will better comprehend what they are reading and recognize a larger number of words by sight, enabling them to learn more about their environment.
Self-confidence and independence become rooted in your child when they learn to read at an early age. It promotes maturity, increases discipline, and lays a basis for moral literacy. Their curiosity will be satisfied with explanations of how things work while exposing them to problem-solving techniques. Your child’s creativity and imagination will bloom, as well as their curiosity about people, places, and things. Learning to read at home alleviates psychological pressure that may be put on a child in a physical classroom, so it can be done in a leisurely manner that may foster a love for the activity.
Children who have the ability to read at an early age will be recognized for their accomplishments. At such a young age, the few who know how to read may receive awards or certificates in a typical classroom. This recognition will increase the child’s social status among peers as well as their self-confidence.
The sooner children learn to read, the more books, knowledge, and ideas they will be exposed to. This leads to improved linguistic skills: a richer vocabulary, correct grammar, improved writing, better spelling, and articulate oral communication.
The Martin-Pitt Partnership for Children
The Martin-Pitt Partnership for Children, a non-profit in Eastern North Carolina, funds programs in quality early childcare and learning, assistance finding childcare services, parent and family support, health care, child care provider training, and early literacy from birth to age five. We strive for a bright future for every child in our community with 10 programs to help children grow. Contact us today!