Emily and Benjamin Wernick, twins just 6 months old, are getting an early start learning about the fascinating world around them through reading.
Mom, Melissa, and Dad, Steve, have been reading to them and playing recordings within "earshot" for months before they were even born.
The twins share this experience with their older brother Andrew, who is 2 1/2. In turn, the whole family participates when reading with Andrew, so Benjamin and Emily absorb sounds and concepts that they will encounter as they grow from infancy to early childhood. New books and reading opportunities are exciting events in the Wernick household.
Both parents are employed by Washington County Public Schools. They are keenly aware that, especially at the infant level, reading can improve eye/hand coordination, tracking, posture, vision motor control and hone overall fine motor skills. Bonding with others is fostered through interaction with the reader.