How beneficial is reading to a child?
We all want our children to experience the best possible education, which is why we spend so much time choosing the right schools but did you know that something as simple as reading to your child could actually boost their learning potential significantly? Here we’ll take a look at some of the reasons you should read to your child and why it is so beneficial.
By reading to your child, they can learn everything from how to read text to how to communicate with others.
The knowledge of how to read a book
Children are not born with the knowledge of how to read a book. They do not know that text is read from left to right or that the words on a page are separate from the images. This is something you can teach them through reading to them on a regular basis. Pointing to the words as you read them will teach them to follow with their eyes and explaining that the pictures go with the text will help them to master the basics.
According to studies, almost 80% of a child’s brain develops before the age of five. This means that during their toddler stage, they’ll be soaking up as much information as possible. Whilst talking to your child is certainly very beneficial, reading to them will give them chance to learn words they don’t hear on an every day basis. This will build up their vocabulary and give them a greater understanding of the world around them.
Boosting communication skills
Reading to your child from an early age will greatly assist them in developing their communication skills. It will arm them with the words they need to communicate with their teachers, as well as their peers.
Greater knowledge leads to increased confidence and self-esteem. So if you read to your child, they’ll feel more confident in communicating with others, which will allow them to develop important relationships, necessary to their well being.
Reading can also help you to strengthen your bond with your child.
Strengthen bond with parents
Speaking of developing relationships, reading to your child can actually strengthen your bond with them and give them a sense of intimacy. Reading to them will make them feel loved and they’ll associate it with being fun, rather than a chore. This will help your child to maintain a positive attitude towards reading as they grow up.
New experiences and unfamiliar situations can be quite stressful and daunting for children. The good news is that reading to them can actually help to relieve their anxiety and equip them with the tools and knowledge to cope.
For example, if a child is worried about starting school, reading a book about it can turn it into a positive experience and allow them to follow by example.
If you are looking for a way to prepare your child for school, reading is the answer. It’s easily the most effective way of prepping your child for the schooling environment, as it will not only boost their vocabulary and communication skills but also help them to develop their attention span.
Studies have found that children age four to five who read three to five times a week are six months ahead of their peers in terms of reading acumen. Children who read on a daily basis can be up to a year ahead of those who read less frequently.
All of this information suggests that your child will do better in school if they read on a regular basis, so it is definitely something you should encourage from an early age.
These are just some of the reasons why reading is beneficial to your child. If you want them to enjoy reading, benefit from great communication skills and do well in school, the key is to start reading to them as soon as possible.
Written by Carly Garrett