Kidde Time – The Benefits of Reading To Your Children
Spending the time reading to your
children isn’t always easy in today’s busy world, but the benefits that both parent and child receive are nearly endless. Quiet time spent reading a favorite book is a wonderful bonding experience between parent and child and it not only builds the foundation for a closer relationship, it creates memories that will last forever. Though many parents become tired of reading the same favorite over and over, the time spent together is priceless.
It’s never too early to start. Even very young infants can focus on brightly colored pictures and the sound of your voice is comforting. As they grow, reading will enhance their vocabulary astonishingly. Reading your child fairy tales, nursery rhymes, and even poetry, exposes them to language that isn’t used in everyday speech. As you read and explain the rich, descriptive, and sometimes old fashioned words, their vocabulary grows by leaps and bounds. If you draw your finger along the words as you read it also helps them develop and awareness of basic phonics that will serve them well when they begin to learn to read on their own.
Reading stories and poems will also inspire your child’s imagination and creativity. As you read and they look at the pictures, your child’s mind will expand the story and visualize different aspects. Talking to your child about what you’ve read together can enhance their creativity even further. For example, asking your child what they would have done in a similar situation can spark very interesting conversations.
Last, but certainly not least, reading to your child is something that will stay with them for life. A child who loves books will likely grow into an adult who loves books. As your child enters school, reading will become essential and a child who already has strong skills in this area will likely excel. As they progress, they will often need to read things that are uninteresting to them and being able to read it quickly and retain the knowledge will translate into good grades and an overall sense of achievement.