6 Reasons why you should read to your child!
- Reading aloud to children creates a love for reading.
If you start reading to your children while they are young, they will be much more likely to grow into the habit of reading. When they associate reading with happy memories, they are more likely to persist in learning to read.
- Reading to young children extends their attention spans.
Start with just ten minutes of read-aloud time, and gradually extend the time until your child is able to maintain attention for longer periods of time. A longer attention span will help a child perform better both in school subjects and in real-life projects.
- Reading aloud to children aids in language development.
As children listen to you read, they assimilate strong language skills. They pick up correct word pronunciation, word usage, and proper grammar. Their working vocabulary increases, and they internalise correct sentence structure. All these skills will eventually transfer to their own speaking and writing. Improper grammar will begin to sound wrong to them, and they will be more likely to choose good grammar when they communicate. By demonstrating fluency, reading aloud to your child will also him/her to become a fluent reader.
- As you read aloud, the power of a child’s imagination is strengthened.
As you read to your children, they visualise the book’s events in their minds. Through the pages of a book, children are able to experience events and situations that are outside of their own personal experiences. They can picture life in other parts of the world and in other cultures. Children who have been read to are usually more adept at creating stories from their own imaginations.
- Reading aloud helps build a child’s comprehension.
As you read and discuss books together, your child increases his/her problem solving abilities and gains insight into story characters. Discussing a book as you read helps teach a child how to make good predictions. As you read aloud, you can fill in the missing background information that helps a child to better understand the book’s setting, historical background, and characters details that might be missed if a child reads a book on his/her own. Reading aloud also gives you the opportunity to emphasise important character traits as you read. Point out examples of compassion, kindness, perseverance, and optimism, then take a moment to discuss these traits with your children.
- Read aloud time is great one on one bonding time. Reading aloud is a wonderful chance to share adventure, intrigue, and emotion without having to leave your home.
Make memories with your child that will last of life time!