LEARN: Reading & The ‘Million Word Gap’

Reading is a crucial skill. This is why parents definitely want to start nurturing it in their children as early as possible. After all, we use it continuously in our lives. It is so important, in fact, that it is considered a basic human right!

A new study from the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics shows that a “‘million word gap” can already be seen between different children starting off kindergarten.

So, what sets those with bigger vocabularies apart?

As it turns out, the difference is all in reading. More specifically, in how many books parents read to their children per day. Children whose parents read them five books per day before starting kindergarten were ahead of the pack in learning new reading skills. On average, they heard about 1.4 million more words than kids who were never read to!

Why does it Matter Though?

As we learned in our previous article ‘ Reading is All Fun And Sight Words‘, being familiar with a word can make it easier for us to read. This is why reading time with your child is so important. Not only is it an amazing way to bond, but it is an awesome way to reinforce some valuable skills they will use for the rest of their lives.

Admittedly, reading five whole books a day can sound like an impossible task for a busy parent. You’ve already got so much going on, after all. Adding a reading list of five entertaining books per DAY might be challenging.

But even one book daily can make a huge difference. A 290,000 word difference, in fact! By age five, children who are read one book a day will have heard this many more words in comparison to their peers.

What are you waiting for? Start reading to your children when they are young. This isn’t only science approved, it is also such a wonderful way to bond together.

Needs some ideas of where to get started? Check out these links:

The Kindergarten Canon: The 100 Best Children’s Books

Favorite books for kindergartners

Be Loud: 28 Best Kindergarten Read Aloud Books

The 50 Best Books for 5- and 6-Year-OldsT

Best Books for Kindergarteners

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