Of course, you are reading to your young children, but what you do while you read to them can mean that they will have higher reading skills later when they are a little older.  The article, “Pointing to Words Helps Children Read in Later Years, in the United Kingdom’s Telegraph reports that simply by pointing to words as you read, or referencing, to your children helps them to better understand the meanings of letters and words and, ultimately, how to read.  Shayne Piasta, a professor of teaching and lead researcher for the study, found that reading to children under age five this way improved their reading skills “one and even two years down the line compared to kids who didn’t.”