Do You Know the Benefits of Reading Aloud to Your Kids?
Are You Reading to Your Children?
The benefits of reading aloud to children cannot be disputed. Today there are diverse opinions on the specifics of teaching reading, but the one thing everyone can agree on is that learning how to read is easier for kids who were read to early on and often.
Study after study reveals the importance of reading to our children as early as possible. Like anything else you want to make a habit, the earlier you start the better. The longer you wait to start the harder it will be.
It’s like getting your kids to eat vegetables after they’ve been getting a steady diet of candy and fast food. It’s an uphill battle.
When you introduce your kids to reading at a very early age it will become a seamless part of their lives. It can be difficult to incorporate a reading aloud habit if they’ve been getting a steady diet of TV and video games instead.
15 Benefits of reading aloud to children:
- Encourages problem solving skills
- Keeps the brain in an alert state
- Enhances language skills
- Boosts imagination and creativity
- Increases attention span and memory
- Improves vocabulary
- Helps prevent ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder)
- Develops listening skills
- Aids in teaching reading comprehension
- Strengthens parent/child bonding
- Makes learning at school easier
- Instills a love of reading that lasts a life time by conditioning children to associate books with pleasure
- Introduces new concepts such as colors, numbers, telling time, friendship, feelings, and so much more
- Promotes self confidence because they are the center of their reader’s attention during the read aloud period
- Expands their horizons and gives them access to ideas and situations that they may not have been exposed to otherwise
Reading aloud early and often will pay off when your children go off to school and all throughout their lives. Don’t worry, if you’ve waited too long… just start right now!
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