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Read to Your Infants to Make Better Children

June 29, 2014
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Read to your infantsIf parents read aloud to their infants, their children will do better in school and have fewer problems later in life.

That is the recommendation of the nation’s pediatricians (baby doctors).

Many studies have found that babies in lower-income families are not read to very much. Sometimes there are no books or magazines in the home. These children go to school not “reading-ready.” They quickly fall behind.

Parents in higher-income families usually read to their children right away. This means their children hear many more words than poorer babies hear before going to school. Learning to read is much easier.

Experts say that parents often spend time making “baby talk” to their infants when they could be reading to them. It is an easy and natural way to converse.

Doctors are now talking to parents about reading to their kids. They recommend reading together as a “daily fun family activity from birth.”

Reading, talking and singing are all important was of communicating with children. They increase the number of words children hear in the early years of their lives. Studies show that children from higher-income homes hear millions more words by the age of three.

The computer age has brought more problems. Children are learning how to swipe smart phones and tablets before they learn how to turn a page. Experts fear reading aloud may be fading into the background.

One doctor said, “If we can get the first 1,000 days of life right, we are going to save a lot of trouble later on.”

Source: The New York Times     June 24, 2014

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