Do you know that if you can read to your child for at least 20 minutes a day, you are also introducing him or her to at least 130 new words per minute? And that is adding many words to your child’s vocabulary even before he or she starts going to school. If your child asks you to read bedtime stories just like what many children enjoy, don’t miss that chance to read to your child. It will be more than just a bonding experience for both of you since reading to children offers a number of benefits as well:
1. Helps build a stronger parent-child relationship
Reading can bring children and parents closer together. It can be a nurturing and learning experience for both the parent and the child. As children grow, they will find other activities to do such a playing with friend and watching television among others. But the memories you build by reading stories while the child is still young will remain in them and they will continue to cherish that.
2. Boosts academic excellence
Reading to children is one way you could teach your child to enjoy books and to read in general. It could also help them increase their vocabulary and enhance their literacy and language skills. Various studies show that children who are exposed to reading at an early age do well in school. After all, most of the learning materials in school are in books.
3. Teaches a child that reading is fun
Some children perform poorly in school because of their lack of interest in reading. But if you read to your child and make fun memories of reading together, it teaches the child that reading is fun. When your child goes to school, he will more likely view reading as something fun more than a task.
4. Promotes reading skills
Children can easily learn essential pre-reading skills such as to read texts from left to right as soon as their parents read to them. As they grow older, they will be able to enhance their reading skills in that they will learn to read faster than average children and still understand what they are reading.
5. Enhances mastery of the language
Early reading also helps children have a better grasp of the language. This is especially true because reading adds new words to their vocabulary and it helps them learn how to read difficult words or understand the meaning of certain common phrases.
6. Enhances their logical thinking skill
When parents read to their children, the children will be exposed to different situations, be introduced to the cause and effect of certain actions, and be taught to exercise good judgments. As your child matures, he or she will be able to apply this learning in actual life situations where logical thinking skill is needed.
7. Introduces your child to our wonderful world
Through reading, you can bring your child to new places, introduce him to new people, and teach him about different animals or things that you can only read in books. At a very young age, you are already teaching your child to be an explorer.
8. Encourages creative thinking
Reading will feed your child’s imagination more than what is shown in drawings or illustrations. And by that, it helps your child develop a creative mine.
9. Helps enhance concentration
Children can be easily distracted. Although they will initially squirm when you read them stories, when that becomes a habit, it will help your child develop self-discipline to be more attentive while you are reading. That same attitude can help your child in school.
10. Helps children desire knowledge
Reading will fuel your child’s interest in many things. It will keep them interested in learning new things and in gaining understanding of the many things around them.
Books are very powerful teaching materials for children. As parents, you could take advantage of books to teach your young child about many things before he or she even goes to school.