The first three years of life are a period of incredible growth in all areas of a baby’s development. Even as newborns, children are beginning to develop the emergent literacy skills they will need to become successful readers. A newborn’s brain is about 25 percent of its approximate adult weight. By age 3, it has grown dramatically by producing billions of cells and hundreds of trillions of connections, or synapses, between these cells. While we know that the development of a young child’s brain takes years to complete, we also know there are many things parents and caregivers can do to help children get off to a good start and establish healthy patterns for lifelong learning.
Emergent literacy in young children can be a crucial component to their long-term academic success. Helping children develop meaningful literacy experiences around books may create a passion for learning that can open many doors and build a foundation for a lifetime of learning.
Reading with Your Young Child:
Building Emergent Literacy Skills