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Raising an Early Reader

Posted on 10-20-2015 | Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of West McKinney

The first five years of a child’s life are the most formative and influential when it comes to learning new information and establishing a solid educational foundation that sets the child up for a lifetime of success. In fact, 90% of brain development occurs by the age of 5! Even in infancy, a child’s mind is processing and breaking down the new experiences around her.

One of the most essential skills a child must learn is how to read. Literacy opens the door to a thousand more opportunities to discover and explore the world. Children benefit in so many ways from mastering the skill of reading and parents and teachers play a large role in helping them achieve reading success.

So how can you encourage your little one (however little they may be!) to love to read? Below are some simple guidelines to help you navigate this important journey with your child!

1. Read to your child – Starting as early as infancy, take some time out of your day to read a book to your child. The rhythms and inflections of your voice as you read will become familiar to your child and can even comfort and soothe. As your child gets older, consider tackling chapter books and reading a little bit of a story each night before bed. Many children love getting carried into a world of make-believe and it gives them something to look forward to about bedtime! Check out these 10 classic children books for a place to start.

2. Place your child in literacy-rich environments – Studies have shown that children who spend time in places where a lot of different words are used will more quickly develop and expand their own vocabulary. As your child masters new words, reading will become increasingly more enjoyable with new books and stories.

3. Enroll your child in an accredited Preschool program – Giving your child the exposure to professional and enthusiastic teachers at a young age allows them to learn new skills and flourish. When considering a preschool or childcare for your child ask about the curriculum, programs, and take a tour of the facility. The best schools will always have state-of-the-art facilities and a teaching staff who is motivated to serve and teach the students in their care.

At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of West McKinney we are passionate about giving the best in care and education for all of our students, from 6 weeks to 12 years of age. Contact us today for a tour of our state-of-the-art facility! 

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