Reading to your child regularly is one of the best gifts you can ever give. It will instill a love for learning, build a foundation for scholastic and lifelong success, and help develop a lasting bond between child and parent. It is never too early to start. According to the Institute of Medicine National Research Council, "Early experiences clearly influence brain development, but a disproportionate focus on birth to three begins too late and ends too soon."
It is important then to surround young children with books, alphabet blocks, rhymes, other words and sounds that encourage word exploration. It is through repeated and sustained exposure that children expand their vocabulary, strengthen their communications skills, and deepen their comprehension about themselves, others, and the world around them.