To be able to read is WONDERFUL. A love for reading is INVALUABLE, the ABILITY to read at an early age is the ROAD TO GREAT SUCCESS.
“Big School” is full of adjustments and new challenges. Reading should not be one of them. From my personal experience as a qualified foundation phase (Grade 1 to 3) teacher, I know that a child who is confident about his sounds and reading has a great advantage!
In countries like England, America, New Zealand and Australia, children begin to learn their sounds at the age of 4. In South Africa children only begin this when they are 6 or 7 years old, and thus don’t benefit from the best period of a young child’s brain development. We involve the right half of the child’s brain through FUN, FUN, FUN.
Reading opens the door to your child’s early academic success, imparts a love of learning and leads to higher grades in every subject. Numerous studies have shown that strong oral language skills are the basis for literacy development. When children learn to read at an early age, they have greater general knowledge, expand their vocabulary and become more fluent readers.
They also have improved attention spans & better concentration.
A child who learns to read joyfully at home or in an individualised environment, at an early age, grows in self-confidence & independence. Reading promotes greater maturity, increases discipline and lays the basis for moral literacy. It sparks curiosity about people, places and things and also satisfies the child’s curiosity by providing explanations of how things work. It exposes the child to a range of problem-solving techniques. In addition, early reading ignites the child’s creativity & imagination.
Reading helps to develop a young child’s brain. In the first six years, children learn at a much faster pace than at any other time in their lives. Vital connections in the brain are made very early in life. At a younger age, learning is faster than it will be as the
child grows older. When a child is taught to read, the process of learning has a profound influence on the entire functioning & development of the brain. You can play a critical early role by inculcating not only reading skills and ability but more importantly, instilling a lifelong love of learning & reading.
Even at a young age, children have social awareness. They know who is more popular. They can tell who can do what. In some schools they may even be asked to help other children, who may still be struggling with basic letter recognition.
Early readers have the opportunity to relate to their peers on a more confident, more competent level, as they are the child’s social status among peers, as well as his or her self-image and self-confidence.
Children who can read independently and early have more opportunities to encounter
the written word. The sooner children learn how to read, the more books, knowledge, and ideas they will be exposed to. The result? Improved linguistic skills in the form of a richer vocabulary, correct grammar, improved writing, better spelling and more articulate oral communication. Such children have the opportunity to develop a wider vocabulary to describe their knowledge, observations and experiences.