We all know that reading to our children is a good thing. There is no better way to create a personal interaction between parent and child? But, did you also know that reading to your children, particularly at young ages, can boost intelligence and learning potential? In this blog, you’ll read some of the benefits of reading to your child.
1. A stronger relationship with you. In the hectic pace of life, reading allows you and your child to slow down and capture time together sitting closely and sharing an experience without interruption.
2. Academic Excellence. Reading to children creates a higher aptitude for learning. Numerous studies have shown that children exposed to reading at very young ages are more likely to do well in formal education. This can also apply to school-age children; reading helps improve focus and attention which leads to improved learning in educational environments.
3. Basic speech skills. Children learn critical language and speech skills by listening to adults talk. Reading is one of the best ways for parents to “share” language. As your child, listens they learn sounds that form language and the ways in which words work together to form thoughts.
4. The basics of how to read a book. Essential reading skills include know that text is read from left to right and that words are separate from pictures. Your child can learn these things by watching and listening to you read.
5. Better communication skills. As your child observes interactions with characters in books as well as the direct contact with you, he or she will learn how communication works and the power of expressing themselves.
(Excerpted from the article “Why Reading is Important for Children: The Benefits”; www.earlymoments.com)