Start as soon as your child is born. (Well, okay, maybe the next day.) Reading and talking with a child – even an infant – helps develop a healthy brain and lays the foundation for learning to read when the child enters school.
A child’s brain develops at an incredible rate during the first three years of life. They are developing basic thinking skills even when they are learning how to roll over, crawl and walk. Those who are not exposed to letters, numbers and social skills (like taking turns and saying “please”) start school a full year and a half behind other children. And when you start behind like that, it’s really hard to catch up!