March Is National Reading Month!

Speech Therapy and LiteracyDid you know that March is National Reading Month? This month, schools and libraries across the country try to raise awareness of how important reading is for a child’s development. Reading to and with your children can be a great way to spend time together and help your child develop a life-long love of reading. Studies have also shown that reading together helps to develop early language skills and is correlated with academic success as your child grows. It can also be an opportunity to teach your child new skills they’ll learn in school and in their day-to-day lives. Here are some tips for making the most of story time with your child:

Story time is a great opportunity to help your child build their vocabulary. Whenever you come across a word your child doesn’t know, see if they can figure out its meaning from the context of the story. Once you’ve figured out the meaning, challenge your child to use it in at least one sentence later in the day.

Use story time to build cause-and-effect reasoning skills. As you read a story, stop to ask your child what they think might happen as a result of something that happened or something a character did. At the end of a story, look at some of the main events and talk about what caused them, or the events that led up to them.

Reading together is a great way to help your child expand their creativity and critical thinking skills. After you’ve finished a story, help your child expand creative thinking by talking about alternate ways the story could have ended. Later, sit down together and try to make your own stories. Drawing pictures is a great way to help your child’s story come to life and encourage creativity.

Want to learn more about how reading can help your child? Take a look at the following video from Speech Associates of NY’s founder and President, Jayne Latz:

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