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What are some of the benefits of reading to your child?
When our babies are born we as parents are so excited to watch them grow. We look forward to each new skill they learn. We wait for that first smile, when they roll over, the first sound or word, that first step. Each one is a special milestone for our sweet little ones.
Teaching important skills
Sometimes life is so busy, we might not spend as much time as we would like teaching one of the most important skills. I know it sounds a little crazy, but the day I brought my babies home from the hospital I would sit down and read them a story. I wanted to instill a love of books in my children, and I felt I needed to start early. I know they probably didn’t understand the story, but they heard the words.
Benefits of reading to your child
Here is a list of just a few benefits of reading to your child at an early age.
1 Early speech skills:
I really believe as they hear the words they start to process them early and therefore speak at an earlier age. I loved to stand outside the door at naptime or bedtime and listen to my children practice the new sounds and words they had heard.
2 Understanding and processing words:
Understanding and processing what they are hearing. I feel this helps them start putting words together. They hear the words in a story and start to put a meaning to them. This helps them put sounds together in words and words together in sentences.
“It is the talk that surrounds the reading that gives it power, helping children to bridge what is in the story and their own lives,” rather than just the vocalization of the words. Introducing reading into your child’s life, and the conversations that it will prompt, helps them to make sense of their own lives, especially at a young age.” this is stated in an interesting article I found on the website all4kids.org.
3 Attention spans:
Reading helps develop the attention span. I believe they learn to sit longer and desire to listen. As they develop an interest in their favorite books and stories they will learn to focus on the story and remember key points.
It is so sweet to listen as they read the story to themselves or to others. I love the way they pick up on the characters in my books and role play. I think it also helps them learn to remember names, as they learn the names of the characters in their favorite books.
4 Develop reasoning and understanding:
When I read to children in the schools and libraries, I love to listen to their ideas and reasoning. In “Slippers for Hannah” for example children try to come up with ideas on how her friends can help her.
I believe reading helps a child develop the ability to put a story together and understand what is going on in the story. I believe this helps them develop reasoning skills in their own lives. It helps them understand what is going on in their world.
5 Creating a bond:
And best of all the snuggle time you get when you sit and read. Whether it is one on one or several children. The time you spend together will help build special bonds and relationships with your child and with siblings.
My kids are a little old to sit on my lap and read a story, but I really enjoy the time I get to spend with my grandchildren reading. Spending time with a child is the best way to create a bond and reading is one way to encourage that bond.
I have only named a handful of benefits for reading with your child, there are many more. It is never too late to spend time creating a bond with those you love.
I hope you enjoy these tips and thoughts. As an Author, I strive to write books that develop these skills and teach important lessons.
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