Essay about The Important Role of Books in a Child’s Life

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There is no question that all parents want their children to be successful in whatever they do; this is especially true when it comes to succeeding in school. These days schools are expecting young children to know their alphabet and to begin to read and write in kindergarten, adding extra pressure for parents. In response, many companies have now developed products that claim that if a child watches their DVDs, they will teach a child to read, even before they can talk. Although, these types of media have a place in helping a child reach their reading potential, books should still be the number one medium to use. When parents start reading to their infants, they help develop their child’s language skills, early literary skills and …show more content…
Literacy is not just defined as the ability to read, it also includes the skills of writing, speaking, listening and views on reading (Lawhon 113).A Parent’s impact helps their child develop their own views on reading. A parent can make reading an enjoyable experience, by not rushing reading time; engaging the child in the story, asking questions and having the child interpret the pictures before reading the page. By doing this, it helps a child develop their imagination and to start thinking critically. Parents can also help a child in their literacy ability through play, because when young children are often read to, they start to integrate visual information with authoritative information (Lawhon 114). For example, many children will learn early on that the golden arches outside of McDonalds stands for their favorite chicken nuggets. Therefore, parents in the future can help a child with literacy success by encouraging dramatic play with real live items that have words on them (Lawhon 115) These types of activities help children recognize that words and symbols represent things in the world and have meaning. This encourages a child to want to read and be successful at it. Having an early positive reading experience also helps a child be successful later in school.
Young children learn so much when parents read to them; some of the things they learn will help them when they enter

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