“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”— Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!
Fiction, mystery, adventure, wonder, awe, and magic – all these have a place in the world of children’s books. From Dr. Seuss to Harry Potter, there are infinitely good books for parents to read with children, as the stories kids hear when they are young are the ones they remember the most.
Let’s find out the benefits of parent-child reading as kids adore your silly sounds during storytelling, while you listen in to hear their moments with a book, having fun reading together.
Think of reading with children as habit formation and cognitive development , which is the ability to think and understand – that can take kids far ahead in school, work, and life.
Shared reading is a time for parents to strengthen the bond with their children and turn them into life-long readers. The experience of being read to by parents should continue even after the child has learnt to read on their own . This motivates children to read more and can build their confidence and competence as readers.
If parents spend few hours a day reading to children, it not only opens their mind to explore different kinds of books, but develops a child’s language, literacy, and social skills.
“Reading at home with children from an early age was strongly correlated with brain activation in areas connected with visual imagery and understanding the meaning of language.” ran a study by TIME.
Reading does not come naturally to children. A lot of effort goes into teaching preschoolers to read and make their reading “sound like talking” through their formative years. The more parents read aloud, children follow along improving their reading fluency. Books filled with stories, illustrations, and words instill the joy of reading that makes kids understand words that help them begin to develop their writing skills.
Peace and quiet is good for children to enjoy reading and learning, through self-reflection. Children don’t have to focus on the pronunciation when they read silently. This enables them to understand books in their own pace, visualize, and learn the meaning of new words, which works well to build language, fluency, and comprehension.
Allow reading musing to be a part of silent reading, as kids understand their world better when they read. When so much of good can come from reading, parents should see it through as a habit for happier and smarter children.
Reading to children is beneficial beyond the child’s academic performance. “Reading exposure prior to kindergarten seems to have a meaningful, measureable impact on how a child’s brain processes stories and may help predict reading success,” reveal a study that correlates reading to young children and brain activity.
Book sharing in early childhood promotes an active left brain. Even more interesting is how these areas in the brain are involved in understanding the meaning of words, concepts, and memory. This underscores how screen time versus reading is related to brain connectivity as well. By limiting screen time, children can be encouraged to set goals for reading and share their feelings about what they have read.
Early parent-child reading develops a child’s brain activity, using their imagination for interpreting stories beyond the pictures, as this mental and visual imagery in the brain makes them smarter readers.
“It’s a truism in child development that the very young learn through relationships and back-and-forth interactions, including the interactions that occur when parents read to their children ,” writes the New York Times. Reading and storytelling with children engages them and creates an excitement around learning.
Think about a story – and how children can learn to predict events in the story. This helps them learn emotional coping skills, concentrate and learn better. Frequent reading with parents and reflecting on what they are learning increases kids’ confidence, as they become independent readers when they are ready.
Go ahead and feel like a kid again, yourself. If you follow your heart as a parent and find books that you love reading to your children, you will do it perfectly every time. Parent-child reading forms early associations, therefore it actively engages your children, builds their curiosity to understand the world of books and their place in it for their growing up years.
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