Stories are an important part of life. Loving printed books and developing an enjoyment of looking at or hearing stories is an integral part of early years practice. Research shows that the amount of input young children receive from the adults around them makes a significant difference to how children learn to communicate – leading to reading and writing.
Enjoyment of books, rhymes and songs helps children to read.
Children’s speech develops from babble, to words, to simple sentences through hundreds of hours of interactions with adults. Studies show that once babies begin to understand words their vocabulary increases quickly.
Having a large vocabulary helps children learn more. Words allow them to make sense of the world around them.