10 Reasons You Should Read To Children
You probably know, or have heard, that reading to your child is beneficial to their learning, but do you know the specific advantages your child receives when they are exposed to reading? Here are 10 of the wonderful benefits of reading to your child that show just how important it is.
One of the best benefits of reading to young children is that they develop a higher ability for learning in general. Research shows that children who are read to before entering preschool are more likely to do well in all areas of their education.
Basic language skills.
As a toddler and preschooler, your child is in the process of learning critical verbal and enunciation skills. By listening to you read aloud, your child is reinforcing the basic sounds that form words. As a preschooler, your child will start to sound out words on her own.
Builds a bond with you.
As your child gets older, she’ll be constantly on the move—playing, running, and exploring. Cuddling up with a book allows the two of you to slow down and enjoy quality time together. Instead of being another chore, let reading become a nurturing time that will bring you closer together.
Better communication skills.
Toddlers who are read to are much more likely to learn how to express themselves and relate to others in a healthy way. By observing the interactions between the book characters, as well as the communication with you during story time, your child will gain valuable communication skills.
Mastery of language.
Children who are read to at an early age are better able to grasp of the basics of language as they reach school age.
The basics of how to read.
Children aren’t born with the knowledge that they should read text from left to right. They also don’t know to separate words from images. These are essential pre-reading skills that will benefit them when they go to school.
Being read to increases your child’s ability to grasp intellectual concepts, apply logic in a variety of scenarios, recognise cause and effect, and learn good judgment. As your child starts to relate the book scenarios to his reality, he’ll get more excited about the stories you read.
Improved concentration and discipline.
Toddlers may have a short attention span and become easily distracted at story time, but eventually they’ll learn to sit still and listen. Along with reading comprehension, they will build stronger self-discipline skills and better memory retention.
Better acceptance of new experiences.
If your child is experiencing a potentially stressful situation or new experience (like first-day-of-school jitters), sharing a relevant story is a great way to ease the stress.
Learning that reading is fun.
Early reading helps your child see books as something enjoyable, not a chore. Kids who are exposed to reading are more likely to choose books over video games and television later on.
Books can benefit your child in a variety of ways. As parents, reading is one of the most important things you can do to prepare your child for school and their educational success.
About Angela Milnes
Angela Milnes is a Qualified Early Years Teacher who has specialised in Preschool and Kindergarten teaching. She has a wealth of experience teaching young children and is passionate about kids crafts and having fun as a family. Angela has also taught cooking skills and loves to share both family recipes and easy instant pot recipes here on The Inspiration Edit. Follow her on Pinterest!