As you may have realized, here at Kolcraft we are huge proponents of reading to your children because it is critical for your child’s development. We thought that on National Read A Book day it’s only fitting to look at why it’s so important to take the time to read to your children.
A few ways reading helps your child develop:
- Builds a stronger relationship between you & your child. Snuggling up with a book allows you to have close contact with your child which will continue past toddler years.
- Academic excellence. One of the primary benefits of reading to children as early as infancy is a higher aptitude for learning in general.
- Basic speech skills. From the start your child is learning critical language and enunciation skills. By listening to you read the basic sounds that form language, words are being reinforced for your child.
- Learning how to read a book. Reading from left to right and distinguishing between words and pictures happens while you are reading to them and modeling how to read.
- Better communication skills. By hearing and seeing the interactions between the characters in the books you read, as well as close contact with you during story time, your child is gaining valuable communication skills.
- Logical thinking skills. Reading helps children grasp abstract concepts, apply logic in various scenarios, recognize cause and effect, and utilize good judgment. As your child grows he will be able to apply these scenarios to his life.
- Enhanced concentration and discipline. Along with reading comprehension comes a stronger self-discipline, longer attention span, and better memory retention, all of which will serve your child well when she enters school.
Tips on reading to your child:
- Anything that contains words is valuable-anything. If you are tired of reading the same book 10 times a day, pick up a catalog, the newspaper, a magazine and read to your child from that.
- Model good reading. Your children, including babies, need to see YOU enjoying reading. Turn off the TV and have family reading time at least once a week.
- Show baby that basic book skills are important by explaining that you are turning pages, by using your finger to show print goes from left to right, etc.
- Phonemic awareness–chunking/manipulating sounds–is the BIGGEST predictor of reading success later in life. This skill is easily practiced through Dr. Seuss books–cat, hat, mat, etc.
What is your favorite book to read to your child?