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Daily reading from birth

Children start to learn language from the day they are born. As they grow and develop, their speech and language skills become increasingly more complex. They learn to understand and use language to express their ideas, thoughts, and feelings, and to communicate with others. During early speech and language development, children learn skills that are important to the development of literacy (reading and writing). This stage, known as emergent literacy, begins at birth and continues through the preschool years.

Reading to your child daily will increase not only the number of words your child knows but the variety of words. It is fundamental that children listen to the language from stories from a young age to widen their bank of vocabulary which will support their spoken language and later on their reading and writing.


Please use the local library to borrow books or take advantage of our lending library to read to your children daily!

2 Year old Florence Reading 'Brown Bear, Brown Bear'

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This is two year old Florence. Her mother and father have read to her since she was born. She has favourite stories that she enjoys hearing read to her daily. Look at her retelling the Brown Bear Brown Bear story...
This is Frankie. His parents have read to him since he was new-born. He just loves stories and enjoys retelling them. His speaking and language is above what it should be for his age (currently 2.5 years) due to the amount of stories he has listened to and the language (words and phrases) he has learnt with them.  

Rosie and Sid reading 'Dinosaur Roar'

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Look at how amazingly Sid joins in with parts of the story his mother is reading to him. He has been read the story lots of times before and has internalised the language patterns from the story.