Written by Jennie Zelenak, MS, CCC-SLP;
Speech Language Pathologist, (Published 2018)
NorthLakes Community Clinic, Ashland, WI
While kids are off school for summer vacation, parents can continue to foster language development, expand vocabulary learning and listening comprehension through storybook reading at home. No matter how young the child, storybook reading is an important piece to build into daily routine. If a child is below age level to begin reading, parents can foster pre-literacy skills: following words across the page, reading left to right, and turning pages, which can assist the child in becoming a stronger reader later on. By consistently reading to your children every day, they will begin to learn to concentrate and sitting still for longer periods of time, which may assist in their ability to attend to structured tasks at school later on. Through storybook reading, parents can expose their children to a variety of vocabulary not typically used in day-to-day conversation, assisting in diverse expansion and knowledge of language.