It’s no secret that reading to our children is full of benefits, but are you familiar with the key advantages that your toddler or preschool-age child can gain by being exposed to the countless merits of reading? In this article, we will be taking a look of the core benefits of reading and the importance of reading to your child between the key ages of two and five.
For example, did you know:
- Just 15 minutes each day of independent reading can equal to learning up to one million new words each year.
Reading to a child in an interactive style raises their IQ by over 6 points.
- Children without basic literacy skills when they enter school are three to four times more likely to drop out later.
- Reading daily to your child places them almost an entire year ahead of other children that who are not being read to.
Not only that, but reading to your child can also:
Build a stronger bond with you and your child.
As your child develops they will begin to explore their own environment, which can often mean they are constantly on the move. But cuddling up with a book allows you and your child to enjoy some time together. Rather than being considered as a chore, reading will soon become a nurturing activity that can help to bring the two of you much closer together.
Improve academic learning.
One of the main benefits when it comes to reading to both toddlers and preschoolers is a much higher aptitude for listening and learning in general. Numerous studies have demonstrated that young students who were exposed to reading before attending preschool are far more likely to do better in all facets of formal learning and education. Consider this, if your child struggles to link words and sentences together, how can they be expected to grasp and understand math, science, and other social concepts that they’ll encounter when they begin elementary school?
Improve basic speech skills.
Throughout your child’s toddler years and preschool, they will begin to learn essential language and enunciation skills. By sounding out the words from the pages clearly and frequently, you will notice that your child will begin to imitate or try and sound the words for themselves. This behavior should be encouraged and praised when they eventually master the word. This will eventually lead on to independent reading, where your child will eventually begin to use phonetics on their own.
Improve concentration and discipline.
There is no denying that reading to toddlers can be hard work, especially with all the squirming and distractions that will occur through story time. But as they grow they will soon become more and more interested in the imagery and the story of the book, which means they are more than likely to sit still and focus. Along with essential reading comprehension you will notice that your child creates a far greater and stronger self-discipline, which includes a much longer attention span, and memory retention, all of which will are fantastic skills that will serve your child in school and later life.
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