Cultivating an Early Love of Learning: Alicia’s Story
While working with participants in the Healthy Families Loudoun program, INMED’s family support workers encourage parents to read to their children from the day they are born. Reading together not only promotes parent-child bonding and attachment—it also encourages an early love of reading among children and fosters optimal child development. Building a foundation for school readiness and promoting family literacy is especially important among participants who speak limited English.
One mother, Alicia, shared a video of her baby’s reactions to a story she was reading, along with a letter of thanks to her family support worker. In this letter, she wrote about the insight she gained from Healthy Families as a new mother:
“The information that I received about how my daughter would reach different milestones encouraged me to do all that I can as a parent to help her get there.
“I began reading to my daughter as early as 6 weeks. I had learned that the more you read to your child, the better their vocabulary will be when they are older. Also, they could develop a deep enthusiasm for learning. So I tried to read to my daughter once or twice a day.
“Then one day I laid her down and I began to read she swiftly cut me off and started to take lead in telling the story. I was not only proud of my daughter’s capability to want to take over but I loved the fact that at such a young age I could tell she was engaged into the story. For me, this shows me that if I continue to read to her she will be very educated, independent, and a true leader.”
“The information that I received about how my daughter would reach different milestones encouraged me to do all that I can as a parent to help her get there.”
Alicia’s family support worker was extremely impressed with her dedication to and success with the program. “I was so amazed when she showed me the video of her daughter, and was SO proud of her reading to baby Nyla on a daily basis!,” she said. “I hope this video will inspire many moms and have them realize that reading to your child at such a young age does indeed work.”