“The single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading is reading aloud to children.”
The two main doors for words to get into our brain is either through the eye or through the ear. It will be several years before a baby will need their eyes for reading so the best source for brain building in a young child is through the ear. Reading aloud helps lay the key foundation for your child to learn to read, which is ‘phonemic awareness.’ Those meaningful sounds in the ear help your child decode words and make sense of words coming later through the eye.
Questions, questions, questions. How can I help my child learn to read? How do you get started? What if you do not have a lot of books in your home? What do I do with older children? What if my reading skills are low?
The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease