Why You Should Read To Your Children?
Books can be a great escape for your child to explore new worlds and be exposed to situations that pale in comparison to the overly marketed product placement of a television series. Reading to your child provides you with moments to educate as well. You can explain the meaning of the words that you read, so that he or she develops better reading comprehension skills that they will use later in life. The opportunity to increase your child's vocabulary in and of itself is a prime reason to read to them. Reading can create an early interest in reading books when they are alone and for the remainder of their lives.
The importance of reading to your child is immeasurable. You will be engaging in an act that brings you closer together. It becomes clear to your child that your focus is on them and not the busy world of today's smart phones or the distraction of the current drama on television. Reading to your child creates moments that encourage communication. What might happen next to a character in the story? How might they feel if those situations were happening to them instead? What might they do in a similar situation to the character in the story?
Many are aware that children tend to have a better success rate if they are often read to. They are often better at counting and at writing their own names than other children their age. Sadly, there has been a decline in the number of children, as well as adults, who read. Americans rank low in an average reading score when compared to other countries such as Hong Kong, Russia, Finland and Singapore.
As a baby, a child's brain is still developing. Synapses, the areas of the brain that communicate between neurons, are created, improved, sometimes weakened and destroyed as needed and all of this occurs in response to your child's interactions with their surroundings. Talking, reading to your child, even singing to them will assist your child with tuning into the language of your culture. This is the foundation for the development of cognition, literacy, attention skills, even memory and motor skill development that will be crucial in reaching their full potential.
Children who are read to will tend to have a higher aptitude for learning. Studies show that students who were read to before they entered preschool did better with their education. Realizing how words "work," and how they come together to create descriptions of events, is crucial to comprehending math and science later on. Children who are read to also exhibit a higher ability to comprehend abstract concepts and apply logic. When time is spent reading to your child, they will be better equipped to express themselves to others. Stories of characters interacting with one another create a foundation for social relationships that are important in reality when your child begins to make friends.
Books can also be a great way to learn how to handle new experiences before your child encounters them. Reading to your child about a character who is anxious about starting school for the first time can be of great importance for helping your child handle the situation when they are faced with it. Take a few moments; read to your child, and they will be better adults once they grow up because of the effort that you made to help them.