Use lots of language with young children, even when they don’t understand. The more words children hear, the larger their vocabulary becomes.
Children with a large listening and speaking vocabulary have an enormous advantage in learning to read. Providing them with rich language experiences helps prepare them. Research shows that children who are read to from an early age have a larger vocabulary and better language skills when they start school, making it easier to learn to read. Children hear more new words when you read books – about three times more than in normal conversation. When you come to words your child isn’t familiar with, don’t substitute with an easier word.
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