Ready, set, read!

There is an abundance of age appropriate books in all classrooms at the Child Development Center at Blessed Sacrament Academy. Reading with the children is a daily occurrence.  Because reading is fundamental in stimulating early brain development and helping build social skills, introducing even the youngest child to storybooks, can help set the stage for later school success.

Early Moments website states: Pretend reading is a very important pre-literacy activity. As a preschooler, your child will likely begin sounding out words on his own. By listening to a parent or professional caregiver read reinforces the basic sounds that form language. “The babies already mimic reading by turning the pages of our ‘baby’ books while making sounds,” says Miss Rebecca in the young mobile class.

young children with books

Talking, singing, playing and reading is vital to the foundation of brain architecture

Kathy Lozano, Parents’ Academy Director includes a section on the importance of reading to children of all ages in the Precious Minds New Connections class curriculum. “It’s important for parents to know that 90% of a young child’s brain is developed by age four,” Lozano teaches. “Talking, singing, playing and reading is vital to the foundation of brain architecture,” she adds, “Besides building language development, reading with your child builds a strong bond of closeness between the adult and the child. Reading together creates a time of pleasure and connections that sets the stage for children to enjoy books and begin their skills as lifelong readers.”

‘Literacy begins at home’ is a concept Miss Mae incorporates into her pre-K classroom by reading together with her students. “The children are then sent home with a book for the parents to read with their children,” said Miss Mae. “I ask them to return a simple book report which encourages the children to remember and comment on what they read together.”

Reading expands children’s horizons

Children can learn about other people, places and times through the reading of stories. Educator Jim Trelease notes there is a clear difference between conversing with a child and reading to him or her. As he points out in his book “Read-Aloud Handbook,” speech is full of jargon, colloquialisms and truncated sentences. Literature, on the other hand, is much more intricate and therefore vastly more educational. “The language in books is very rich, and in books there are complete sentences. A child who hears more sophisticated words has a giant advantage over a child who hasn’t heard those words,” Trelease says.

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“The single most important activity for building knowledge for their eventual success is reading aloud to children,” states a report on the Commission for Reading. As part of an educational program in a caring environment, the children at BSA’s Child Development Center get a head start in developing the literacy skills which sets them on the highway to a successful life.  For more information on the Child Development Center, contact Director Carol Silva  210-532-5363

Lozano emphasizes the Parents’ Academy position on encouraging reading, “We believe so strongly in the importance of reading to young children that we give each family who completes the parenting class a book bag with 5 children’s books. Parents are delighted to have this jumpstart to building their child’s library.” For more information on Parents’ Academy, contact Kathy Lozano at 210-532-0894

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