World Book Day 2022
It’s World Book Day today, one of our favourite, fun learning days of the year! Fact: Children develop more rapidly during the first 5-years of their lives than they do at any other point? Their brains are literally soaking up information and learning opportunities like clever little sponges, so it’s vital that this time in their lives is spent engaged in meaningful learning through fun and discovery activities. This crucial period is known as the foundation years and is when they will create a solid foundation of learning which they can build on for their rest of their lives.
Early Years reading is one area of the foundation years that really sets your child up for developing the writing and literacy skills that are such a fundamental part of early education. But why is starting a reading programme so crucial for pre-schoolers? Here are just a few of the many reasons…
Reading helps to develop a young child’s brain
Intellectual ability is stimulated very early in life via brain connections and cell stimulation, which are strengthened through positive, early experiences. Children who are read to from an early become better listeners, communicators and readers.
An early love of reading leads to higher grades in the future
If you are reading stories to babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers then it is proven that they will not only have a wider range of vocabulary, but they themselves will become more fluent readers. They will also have improved attention spans, will be able to concentrate for longer periods and will also pick up a wider range of general knowledge. These skills transfer to a love of learning which in turn leads to children performing better in school.
Reading has proven psychological benefits for children
A child who has had their curiosity and creativity sparked by early exposure to reading and stories is a child who is likely to be more imaginative and more capable of problem solving: both huge psychological benefits for children. Early reading and learning to read from a young age also helps a child’s self-confidence grow in all areas of their lives, including learning and the ability to focus more when in school.
Reading helps with cognitive skills
Cognitive skills are improved along with cognitive development when you read regularly to your young children, and the conversations that stories prompt also helps your children understand more about the world and about themselves.
We love reading with our Treehouse Club children and our reading corners are always a popular place for our little learners to pick up a book and begin to foster their own love of reading and understanding. If you would like to know more about our Early Years Literacy Programme for your own 0-4 year-olds, then do get in touch with our Admissions Team who are always happy to help. We are proud of the fact that we help our children form a love for learning through discovery and nature-based activities, and literacy is a big part of our child-led ethos.
Happy World Book Day, everyone!