WHY READING TO YOUR CHILD IS IMPORTANT
Reading to your child plays a big part in how well they will do at school. Check out how your child can benefit from you reading to them every day:
Very young children can find it hard to sit still for a long period of time and oftentimes find it difficult to focus. By introducing regular reading time to your children you will start to observe a change in their behaviour. Toddlers may initially squirm and become distracted, but eventually they’ll learn to love story-time and can sit still for the duration of the book.
Reading is great exercise for the brain. The more children exercise their brain, the more they learn. This is a great way to boast their vocabulary, comprehension and concentrations skills.
Reading to your children will boast their memory as they get to learn about characters, stories, backgrounds and so much more. This will enable them to get a deeper understanding of a story and improve their memory each time you read to them.
ENHANCES CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS
As you read to your children you can encourage them to predict what will happen next, thus, challenging their brain to think of other possibilities. As a result, this will help improve their comprehension and analytical skills.
Reading will help children to get in touch with their emotions. A great story will allow them to build a relationship with the characters and open up their feelings. The more they know about these feelings and emotions , the better they can relate to others and empathise.
SOURCE OF ENTERTAINMENT
Reading can be great fun. With colourful pictures, exciting tales and memorable characters, children can fully immerse themselves into story-time. Don’t forget to use various tones, voices and actions as you read to your children. Get them involved as much as you can so and watch them light up when it’s time to read their favourite book.
DO BETTER AT SCHOOL
Research shows that those who read from an early age do better at school. So invest your time now in reading to your children and encourage them to learn to read to you too.
The five early reading skills that are essential for development are:
Phonemic awareness – Being able to hear, identify and play with individual sounds in spoken words.
Phonics – Being able to connect the letters of written language with the sounds of spoken language.
Vocabulary – The words kids need to know to communicate effectively.
Reading comprehension – Being able to understand and get meaning from what has been read.
Fluency (oral reading) – Being able to read text accurately and quickly.