The Importance of Reading
Ask any parent if they thinking reading is important for their kids and they will quickly agree. What’s not to love about a child reading and expanding their mind? But what exactly are the benefits that they experience and why is it so important that we put a focus on reading?
Improve Speech & Vocabulary
Just as it’s important to talk to your little one way before they can speak back, reading is a way to introduce them to our language. By reading stories out loud to our kids, we are exposing them to new words, a sentence structure that differs from our own and showing them how words can be used to emphasize or explain everyday situations.
Enhanced Communication Skills
By expanding their vocabulary, you are building on their ability to communicate in healthy ways. When a child learns how to describe what they are feeling or thinking, you are giving them a tool to reduce anxiety, anger or frustration. You are also teaching them how to discuss their needs and wants.
Coordination & Concentration
Holding a regular story time with your young children gives them to chance to learn how to sit and concentrate on a single item. By involving them in reading and asking them to turn the pages, they are also practicing their hand-eye coordination!
By reading to your children and supporting their venture into books, you are helping them to explore new worlds and paths. They suddenly have new adventures and opportunities to expand their imagination. Why is imagination important? We use it everyday for thinking through difficult situations or imagining ways to solve a problem. Imagination = critical thinking skills and creative problem solving.
Studies consistently show that the amount a child reads for pleasure is a greater predictor of school success than social or economic backgrounds. A child who consistently reads is engaged is continual learning. They are being exposed to different ways of thinking, new perceptions and different cultures. This is huge! Reading for fun is a way to help your children become lifelong learners and for them to succeed in their academic ventures.
So how do you help your children become regular readers? Check back on May 12th when I share – 8 Tips for Raising a Reader. Or simply subscribe to my blog to get it delivered straight to your email box!
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