How early should parents begin reading aloud to their child?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Parenting educator Dr. Rene Hackney talks about how early parents should begin reading aloud to their children.

    Rene Hackney

    Originally a full-time preschool teacher, Dr. Rene Hackney now holds a Master?s in school psychology and a PhD. in developmental psychology from George Mason University. She trained at the Developmental Clinic at Children?s National Medical Center and for the public schools, teaching in parenting programs at each. She has also acted as a consultant to several area preschools.

    For the last four years, Dr. Hackney has owned and lectured for Parenting Playgroups, Inc, a parenting resource center and preschool classroom in Alexandria Virginia. She has offered workshops to a wide

    range of parent, teacher and social work groups during this time.

    Workshop topics include eight hours on positive discipline techniques, five hours on early academic issues and common issues such as sibling rivalry and potty training. All workshops provide well researched lecture, in-class practice and open discussion time. Additionally she hosts a monthly parenting focused book club and fun play programs to introduce the preschool setting to young families.

    Dr. Hackney is married and has two young children of her own.

    Host: How early should parents begin reading aloud to their children?

    Rene Hackney: Parents should start reading aloud to babies as soon as they are born. The idea is that if you build it in as a daily activity, it will remain a daily activity; it also is seen as being especially beneficial for young children because they are getting that well edited language. Many times when we are speaking, we speak in half sentences, we use slang and it does not sound correct. So, the idea is that language has been pored over, it has been well edited and so it is a good example to give young children so they can learn about sentence structure.