Benefits Of Reading Aloud To Children
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss
We all know that reading to our children is important. But did you know that toddlers and pre-schoolers who are read to every day have many advantages and benefits. Not only does reading enhance a child’s vocabulary, and to help them understand how to read and write, but reading aloud to children also helps them to understand different topics about the world and everyday life.
It is widely accepted that reading aloud is the single most important activity leading to language development and promotes early literacy skills and communication.
The more you read to your children, the more knowledge they absorb, and knowledge is important in all aspects of life. Children who enjoy reading not only do better in language and literacy subjects, but in all of the different subjects as well. Reading is vital for developing literacy, a good vocabulary and a creative instinct and wild imagination. When you read out loud to your child, you create a new world for them to dwell in and it opens up a new perspective of life for them.
A number of recent studies have reinforced the importance of reading aloud to your kids as the following:
- Builds motivation, curiosity and memory
- Helps children cope during times of stress or anxiety
- Take children to places and times they have never been - enlarging and enhancing their worlds
- Creates a positive association with books and reading
While you may speak with your children every day, the vocabulary you use is often limited and repetitive. Reading books ensures that your child is exposed to vocabulary on different topics, which means they hear words or phrases which they may not hear otherwise in their day to day lives. The more words they know, the better they are able to express themselves. For children who speak more than one language, reading is an easy way to help their language skills and is important to develop their fluency.
While you may think it is not of great value to read to a toddler who wants to constantly turn pages, swap books, or throw them around altogether, reading with your little one is extremely important at this age. By consistently reading to your child every day, your child will learn to concentrate and sit still for longer periods of time, which can help later on when they go to school.
One of the great benefits of reading with children is watching their growing imagination. When we really engage in a book we imagine what the characters are doing. We imagine the setting as reality. Seeing the excitement on a child’s eyes when they know what is going to be on the next page, or having them guess what is going to happen is one of the most amazing things to experience.
When a child can put himself into the story it helps them to develop empathy. They identify with characters, and they feel what they are feeling. Children begin to understand and relate to emotions.
With so much technology these days, it is difficult not to get caught up in all the hype of it all. TV, Video games, smart phones apps, e books are popular among children. However, reading a good book that your child is interested in can be just as entertaining. With reading with children, is that they are more likely to choose a book to read for pleasure over another activity when they are bored. Reading creates an imaginative world for the young ones which no technology can ever replace
There’s nothing better than cuddling up to your little one and reading a book or a bedtime story together. Spending time with one another, reading, and talking, can bring parents closer to your children. For parents who work, or have a busy lifestyle, relaxing with your child and simply enjoying each other’s company while reading can be a great way for you both to wind down, relax, and bond.