HOW TO GO ABOUT IT.
The benefits of reading to children are pretty much endless. There is overwhelming evidence which proves, that reading aloud to our children is the very best thing we can do to build the foundations for learning to read and to ensure their future success at school.
All is takes is just 1o minutes a day. That’s it!! If you don’t want to read to your child, then click onto my podcast and have them listen to someone else. I urge, you, if there is one gift you can give to your children, it is the gift of language.
Here are my reasons why!
10 Benefits of Reading to Children
1. It boosts bonding time – It’s relaxing, it’s close, you can snuggle and cuddle. It really does help to build a closer relationship with your children and creates long lasting memories for years to come.
2. It exposes them to a range of language styles. Reading wonderful stories, news papers, poems, fairy tales and nursery rhymes exposes children to language they wouldn’t otherwise hear. This language is different to the language we use in everyday conversation. It’s richer and more diverse, sometimes old-fashioned and builds their vocabulary.
3. Reading helps develop phonological awareness, a skill that’s important for learning to read later on.
4. It builds imagination. Hearing wonderful stories and poems inspires a child’s imagination and their vocabulary becomes richer and more diverse. It can take them to another world and helps them build from this in school.This then helps their writing and their ability to engage in the learning experiences at school.
5. Being read to helps build background knowledge. This is important because there is clear evidence that the wider a child’s knowledge of the world around him when he starts school, the better he will do.
6. Hearing stories builds empathy which is important for the development of healthy relationships. This happens because children identify with the characters in the stories they hear which prompts them to think about how other people feel and think.
7. Reading to children encourages a love of books and reading which will give them a head-start when they start learning to read independently. This means they are more likely to become competent and enthusiastic readers which is important because reading is fundamental to success at school at all levels and in all subjects.
8. Being read to increases a child’s concentration span. If you start with short books and poems when your baby is young and build up to longer stories as he grows, he’ll learn to sit still and focus for longer periods. There is evidence that TV and electronic games are preventing children from developing this ability yet it’s crucial for their success at school.
9. It’s crucial to babies developing brains. Reading to babies builds neural pathways and improves their little brain connections in a way that watching TV, for example, does not.
10. Opens up opportunities to hear stories outside their reading ability. This is a magical gift. As adults, we can read to stories to our children that are rich in language, well beyond their capacity to read, but within their ability to comprehend.
So, there are my Ten reasons why we should read to our children EVERY DAY.