Reading to kids builds social, mental skills

Schools across the United States - including those in Kansas - have closed their doors in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

That doesn’t mean, however, that learning needs to stop.

In fact, Bradford Wiles, a K-State Extension specialist in early childhood development, says children’s education happens right at home every time they read a book with their parents.

“Truly reading with a child involves thoughtful and active listening to assess and assist the child’s knowledge,” Wiles said.

Wiles has written a publication that outlines six ways in which parents can build their child’s cognitive and socialemotional skills while reading with them:

 

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