Parents can improve their children's development by pointing to letters and reading words aloud.
This is according to a study by Ohio State University, which found that spelling and language comprehension skills advance in under-fives if mums and dads illustrate how kids are meant to read from left to right and top to bottom.
Shayne Piasta, an assistant professor of teaching and learning at the facility and lead author of the study, stated: "By showing them what a letter is and what a letter means – and what a word is and what a word means – we're helping them to crack the code of language and understand how to read."
She added introducing it would not be too big of a change in routine for little ones, while teachers could also integrate the measure – dubbed print referencing – into their lessons.
A 30-week shared reading programme was carried out by the university involving 300 children in 85 classrooms.
All of the groups where kids were taught using print referencing were found to perform better than the children who had been educated in the traditional way.