Effect of Reading on Infant Development

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Research Paper: Effects of Reading to Infants and Toddlers on Their Early Language Development



Reading begins the journey through one's language development stages, and the language development begins with reading to our children. Reading to young children is essential to early literacy, language development, and reading readiness. Reading to an infant gives him or her comforting contact. As well as establishes an early reading routine, and this helps make future reading comfortable and fun. As an infant becomes a toddler and older, reading opens him or her to new ideas. It helps the child become more familiar with the sounds and rhythms of the language (Healthwise Staff, 2012).

Books are the perfect language-learning tool. Book reading consistently has been found to have the power to create interactional contexts that nourish language development.

One reason reading is effective at promoting language in infants and toddler is because books expose children to many new words. This is because books often include unfamiliar words, they repeat the same words in a variety of sentences throughout the book, which helps children understand the words and offer opportunities for children to hear the same words over and over again with repeated readings.

According to Lowry (2011), the average child's vocabulary when he starts school is roughly 5000 words, this means that between the ages of one and five, children learn (on average) approximately 3.5 words every day. In order for this to happen, children need lots of exposure to language. And it's not just how much children hear, but also what they hear that matters. So as a result, reading to a child builds their vocabulary.

Reading also helps foster language development because children learn words when...