Do you really need reasons to read with your child??? Parents are told constantly to read to their children, or with their children – but perhaps having a little further explanation would help you understand WHY reading with your children is as essential as brushing your teeth twice a day. This list is from the Georgia Preschool Association Newsletter.
Reasons to Read with Your Child
- Build a lifelong interest in reading. “Getting children actively involved in the process of reading and having them interact with adults is key in a lifelong interest in reading,” said BeAnn Younker, principal at Battle Ground Middle School in Indiana.
- Children whose parents read to them tend to become better readers and perform better in school, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
- Reading to children helps them with language and speech development.
- Reading expands vocabulary and teachers pronunciation.
- Reading to toddlers prepares them for school, when they will need to listen to what is being said to them, similar to what is being read to.
- Reading to older children helps them understand grammar and sentence structure.
- Children and parents can use reading time as bonding time. It’s an excellent opportunity for one-on-one communication, and it gives children the attention they crave.
- Being read to helps children learn how to express themselves clearly and confidently.
- Curiosity, creativity, and imagination are all developed while being read to.
- Being read to builds children’s attention spans and helps them hone their listening skills.
- Children learn appropriate behavior when they’re read to and are exposed to new situations, making them more prepared when they encounter these situations in real life.
- When read to, children are able to experience the rhythm and melody of language, even before they can understand the spoken or printed word.
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