We all know how important it is to read to your child, because when you read to your child, brain cells in your child’s brain form a new connection and have several other benefits including increasing bonding between parents and children. [child reading]
So when should you start reading to your child?
Some say start reading to the child as soon as you are home from hospital! Jim Trelease, expert and author of the Read Aloud Handbook, says that you can start when your child’s a newborn.
However if that seems too early, consider that even the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends reading aloud to your baby from the time he or she is six months of age.
It isn’t just reading to your child, the more you speak with your child, the more you increase your child’s vocabulary, stimulate his imagination, and improve his communication skills.
Studies have demonstrated that not only language skills but even IQ is related to how many words an infant hears every day.
For the first few months it does not matter what you read: it could be a magazine or even a book you are currently reading. A bit later, when the child shows more interested in the actual book and story you can start on books with bright pictures and simple stories.