“Studies have shown that children who were read to as newborns have a larger vocabulary, as well as more advanced mathematical skills, than other kids their age. There’s also a direct link between how many words a baby hears each day and their language skills. One study found that babies whose parents spoke to them a lot scored higher on standard tests when they reached age 3 than children whose parents weren’t as verbal.” – Parents.com
My gal loves books. She will spend a shocking amount of time for a one-year old looking through books. Our routine when she and I get home from school involves her finding a book, bringing it to me and plopping down in my lap to hear the story. Let me tell ya, it makes my momma heart smile!
I truly believe that a huge reason why Nora loves books so much is because we started reading to her when she was just weeks old. We showed her the bright pictures, pointed things out and even read the words, although we knew she couldn’t understand them. Now, she probably has a minimum of five books read to her each day.
As a teacher (for two more months) I see children who never have a book read to them at home and by the time they reach the fourth grade, they have no interest in reading. They may enjoy hearing a story, but they will not pick up a book on their own unless forced to. It breaks my heart to see because books are so much fun! I love to read aloud to my students and hear them moan and groan when I leave them at a cliffhanger. In fact that is one of the things I will miss most about teaching. Stories are exciting and pictures are enchanting! I want Nora to know that and have a love for books as she grows and one of the best ways to instill that in her, is to read to her!
I always make sure books are within Nora’s reach around the house so she can get to them at anytime. She has books in her room, in our room, in the living room and in the car. It’s adorable how she “reads” them out load now too, she even sounds like she has expression! I was also amazed to see that she has picked out clear favorites this early on. There are certain books she gravitates towards or gets excited about. I love watching my gal fall in love with reading!
I encourage you to read to your kiddos! It is a special time for you to have together and it is truly working their brain in the best way possible! Look below to see some of Nora’s favorite books! Happy reading!
Nora Kate’s Favorite Reads
Bonus! My Favorite to Read