26 Oct The Benefits of Reading Aloud to your Child
Reading aloud to your child is undeniably one of the most important things you can do to enhance their development in several areas. Books are available free from libraries, and the only requirement from you as the parent is time. I encourage all my clients to read daily to their children. And I firmly believe that no child is too small to benefit. Here are some reasons why:
Reading aloud to children develops the brain
Research studies have shown that reading to young children improves cognitive skills and helps with cognitive development. Reading to a child provides them with background knowledge of their world. This allows them to make sense of what they see, hear, and read. The discussions around the book are powerful and help children bridge what is in the story and their own lives.
Reading aloud supports language development
Reading daily to young children (starting from infancy) helps with language acquisition, communication skills, social skills, and literacy skills. If you read to your child when they are young it stimulates the part of the brain that allows them to understand the meaning of language and build essential language, literacy, and social skills. It also introduces the language of books, which differs from language heard in daily life. Whether it is a children’s book or a classic novel, book language is more descriptive and uses more formal grammatical structures.
Reading aloud prepares your child for academic success
Reading to your child will give them an introduction to phonetic awareness, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. These are important literacy skills that will set them up for success as they enter the school environment. Basically, you are jump-starting their reading development by indirectly introducing them to these early skills.
Reading aloud develops your relationship with your child
When you read to your child, you create an excellent opportunity to set up a regular, shared event where you can look forward to spending time together. Reading aloud together will give you and your child something to talk about. As the child grows older, reading together can be used to discuss real-life experiences and issues. A children’s book can provide a basis for meaningful discussions about many different topics. This can further develop your child’s critical thinking skills.
Reading aloud improves imagination and creativity
Young children naturally can use their imaginations. When you read aloud to your child, you help them use their imaginations to explore people, places, times, and events beyond their own experiences. Reading as an imaginative activity can open doors to all kinds of new worlds for your child. Widening a child’s imagination will enable them to dream bigger and act creatively. This can be beneficial in school, work, and life in the future.