Today’s post comes from a tidbit posted by Reading with Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers. Children learn new vocabulary by being exposed to new words, exploring new worlds, and experiencing new ideas.
Let’s do the math: If you read with your child for 20 minutes a day, you will have read 7,300 minutes over the course of a year. Let’s assume an average rate of 200 words per minute. Your child will have heard 1,460,000 words by the end of the year.
Multiply that by 5 years (birth to kindergarten) and your little one will have heard 7,300,000 words before entering grade school.
These are words your child may never have heard in his or her own environment and were likely coupled with images, concepts, and creative ideas your little one may also not have encountered.
Simply stated, reading is the easiest, and most entertaining (in our opinion), way to prepare your child for school – and life.
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