Children can begin developing practical reading skills as early as age two. While they don’t always grasp the concept behind each word they learn, they have the ability to understand phonics, sentence structures, word tenses, and spelling. If you spend time reading with your child and teaching them basic reading concepts, you can accelerate their reading skills and the stimulate their intellectual ability.
The Learning Lodge incorporates early childhood reading into our daily curriculum. Together, we can make a difference in your child’s natural curiosity to learn new skills while engaging in something they already love: storytelling.
To find out more about our preschool program, contact us today.
Developmental Benefits of Early Reading
Teaching your child to read early is the key to his or her academic aptitude. What are the benefits of early childhood reading?
Reading helps to develop a young child's brain. In the first six years, children learn at a much faster pace than at any other time in their lives. Reading, along with other forms of early education, forms the basis of all future learning and intellectual ability.
When you teach your child to read, the process of learning has a profound influence on the entire functioning and development of the brain. You can play a critical early role by reading with your child and instilling a lifelong passion for learning.
Reading opens the door to your child's early academic success and leads to improved educational performance in every other subject. Numerous studies have shown that strong oral language skills are the basis for literacy development. Learning ability is improved in the following ways:
● Expanded vocabulary and fluent reading
● Longer attention spans and concentration
● Comprehension of new concepts and information
● Competency in information extraction
● Scholastic acceleration
● Higher educational performance and grades
A child who learns to read at an early age develops self-confidence, maturity, and independence. They become more curious about people, places, and things and often look for explanations to their deepest questions. Early learners also develop problem-solving techniques, as well as thinking outside of the box with creativity and imagination.
When you read with your child, you develop a stronger bond at an early stage in their life. You can both sit down and enjoy reading in an environment where there is no psychological pressure. It simply becomes a leisurely activity that you both enjoy together. Reading becomes an exciting adventure instead of a boring chore.
Even at a young age, children have social awareness. Thus, early readers have the opportunity to relate to their peers on a more confident and competent level as they are already being recognized for their superior accomplishments. Such experiences increase the child's respect and admiration among peers, as well as his or her self-image and self-confidence.
Children who can read independently may have more opportunities to encounter the written word. The sooner children learn how to read, the more books, knowledge, and ideas they will be exposed to.
Improved linguistic skills form the following:
● Richer vocabulary
● Correct grammar
● Improved writing
● Improved spelling
● Articulate oral communication
Such children have the opportunity to develop a wider vocabulary to communicate their knowledge, observations, and experiences.
Early Learning Development for Your Child
At The Learning Lodge, we employ an outcome-based curriculum with the goal of improving your child's academic abilities in reading. Our staff meets regularly with teachers at local schools to ensure that our reading enrichment programs accurately reflect what children are learning at every level of their schooling.
For more information about our educational programs, give us a call at 763-427-2587, or you can message us on our contact page. Our child care facility is conveniently located in Ramsey, Minn., which is between Elk River, Minn. and Anoka, Minn.