Reading to children from the time they are babies is a good thing. There are so many reasons why. But here are the 5 top benefits.
The shared and nurturing activity is a chance to spend quality time with the child. Closeness also helps bond or cement a very important relationship. Books such as the I LOVE YOU book is a way to reaffirm the love you have for them. (The board book version will be out in a couple of weeks in time for Christmas and the holidays)
2. LOVE OF READING
The child learns at a very young age to appreciate books. They realize books can be a wonderful source of information and fun. Children who grow to love books often demand several re-readings of favorite books. This helps them improve memory retention and understanding. They also learn how books are read – from left to right – and that the text explains what the pictures are about.
3. LANGUAGE SKILLS
Reading aloud to children promotes and reinforces language skills. Many studies have shown that children who were read to in their preschool years do much better academically later on. Having a good foundation of language skills is key to understanding subjects like science and so on.
4. COMMUNICATION SKILLS
Engaging with young children during reading sessions encourages them to talk and express themselves. The activity also teaches them how to interact with others through language.
5. FOCUS & CONCENTRATION
Young children tend to have a short attention span. So reading to them helps them focus and concentrate. Over time, the children learn to sit still for longer periods of time. These subtle lessons in self-discipline will serve them well as they enter their school years.