It is a universal truth and stated widely that reading to our kids is a good thing. But what are specific advantages your preschool child can receive by reading books aloud and seriously are there any merits of reading to a fidgety toddler/preschooler?
Remember children may initially squirm and become distracted during story time, but eventually they’ll learn to stay put for the duration of the book. Along with reading comprehension come a stronger self-discipline, longer attention span, and better memory retention, all of which will serve your child well when he/ she enters school.
We all want bright, smart children. But did you know that by just including BOOKS as an integral part of their lives, we have the power to boost children’s learning potential. Let me enumerate some benefits that highlight the importance of reading to your child.
- A stronger relationship with you. As your child grows older, he’ll be on the move playing, running, and constantly exploring his environment. Snuggling up with a book lets the two of you slow down and recaptures that sweet, cuddly time you enjoyed when he was a baby. Instead of being seen as a chore or a task, reading will become a nurturing activity that will bring the two of you closer together.
- Academic excellence. When we read to our children, we help build pathways in their brains needed for successful reading experiences. They develop auditory perception that allows them to think about how words sound. Children are like little sponges and they absorb everything they see or hear. Make them richer in experience and curious by reading to them sharing picture books with them. Reading helps develop better aptitude for learning in general.
- Basic speech skills. Throughout toddlerhood and preschool, your child is learning critical language and enunciation skills. By listening to you read One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, (Dr. Seuss) your child is reinforcing the basic sounds that form language. Pretend reading when a toddler pages through a book with squeals and jabbers of delight is a very important pre-literacy activity. As a preschooler, your child will likely begin sounding out words on his own.
- Better communication skills. When you spend time reading to toddlers, they’ll be much more likely to express themselves and relate to others in a healthy way. By witnessing the interactions between the characters in the books you read, as well as the contact with you during story time, your child is gaining valuable communication skills.
- Mastery of language. Early reading for toddlers and preschoolers has been linked to a better grasp of the fundamentals of language as they approach school age.
- More logical thinking skills. Ability to grasp abstract concepts, apply logic in various scenarios, recognize cause and effect, and utilize good judgement improves with reading. As your toddler or preschooler begins to relate the scenarios in books to whats happening in his own world, he’ll become more excited about the stories you share.
- Acclamation to new experiences. As your child approaches a major developmental milestone or a potentially stressful experience, sharing a relevant story is a great way to help ease the transition. For instance, if your little one is nervous about starting preschool, reading a story dealing with this topic shows her that her anxiety is normal.
- The knowledge that reading is fun! Early reading for children helps them view books as an indulgence, not a chore. Kids who are exposed to reading are much more likely to choose books over video games, television, and other forms of entertainment as they grow older.
We read books aloud at school. But is reading to your child at home also necessary? Well according to us, Reading to your child is one of the most powerful gifts you as a parent could ever give them. Children yearn to get their loved one’s undivided attention. Reading a book out loud is all about snuggling, cuddling, sharing, and bonding. Book time becomes a daily routine that wonderful memories are made of. Make it a bedtime tradition.