We're all about literacy here at Nest. With that being said, we're raising readers! Each month we choose books to not only encourage reading but to expand our knowledge and continue learning beyond the classroom.
According to kidshealth.org; Reading aloud to your baby is a wonderful shared activity you can continue for years to come — and it's important for your baby's brain. The more stories you read aloud, the more words your baby will hear and the better they'll be able to talk. Reading aloud:
teaches a baby about communication
introduces concepts such as numbers, letters, colors, and shapes in a fun way
builds listening, memory, and vocabulary skills
gives babies information about the world around them
Kids whose parents talk and read to them often know more words by age 2 than children who have not been read to. And kids who are read to during their early years are more likely to learn to read at the right time. When you read to your baby:
Your baby hears you using many different emotions and expressive sounds. This supports social and emotional development.
It encourages your baby to look, point, touch, and answer questions. This helps with social development and thinking skills.
Your baby improves language skills by copying sounds, recognizing pictures, and learning words.
But perhaps the most important reason to read aloud is that it makes a connection between the things your baby loves the most — your voice and closeness to you — and books. Spending time reading to your baby shows that reading is important. And if infants and children are read to often with joy, excitement, and closeness, they begin to associate books with happiness — and new readers are created.