Every parent knows that reading to their child is encouraged by early childhood educators and it is a common part of the bedtime routine in most families, but do you really know all the benefits of reading to your children? Read on and see why story time is not only great for kids but great for parents, as well.
With hectic work schedules, the demands of running a household, and ferrying kids to playgroups and activities, it can be hard to carve out quality time. Turning off the television, putting down the cell phones and taking 15 minutes of reading time is the perfect way to reconnect with your child.
Building Blocks of Success
In a 2013 study, the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research published a study that showed that children 4 to 5 years of age who are read to 3 to 5 times a week are six months ahead of their peers in terms of reading ability.
Reading introduces your child to new words and concepts and allows children to ask questions about those new ideas and vocabulary, rather than passively hearing them on the television.
A Desire to Read
Kids who are read to are naturally inspired to learn to read themselves. Even more, children who see their parents reading and gaining enjoyment from reading are much more likely to become avid readers themselves.
Increased Communication Skills
Children who are read to have increased vocabularies which allows them to communicate their thoughts and ideas more clearly. Knowing that they can easily communicate with others is a big confidence and self-esteem booster for kids.
As a parent, make sure to take the time daily to read to your child and introduce them to the joy of reading and all the benefits that it provides.