5 Reasons to Read to Your Child Every Day

Many of us have special memories of time spent reading with parents or
grandparents, or even with teachers and friends. There are so many reasons
it is important to read to your child – every day!
Five reasons to read to your child every day

Why read to your child?

  1. Your child will treasure the time together. For many families, the normal rhythm
    of the day can be busy verging on frantic. Sitting down with a book is a way to
    step out of the race and focus on each other. Put away your phone, turn off the
    TV and enjoy being together as you read. Make time for it every day, and your
    child will get the message: I have time that’s just for YOU.
  2. New words will come naturally. There’s no better way to increase your child’s
    vocabulary than by offering a wide range of stories. When your child is engaged
    in a book, there will be times a new word doesn’t even need explanation—your
    child will figure out the meaning based on context alone (which is great for
    deductive reasoning too!).
  3. Stories create a safe place for feelings. When children find it hard to express
    difficult emotions or challenges, seeing similar issues in a story can help them
    to open up. Even if today isn’t the day your child feels ready to discuss a fear
    or worry, hearing about the experiences of story characters can help put feelings
    in perspective in a reassuring way.
  4. Books inspire imagination. As children listen to a story, they use their mental
    muscles to form images and fill in details—which means they are actually
    helping to create their own version of the story. Practicing this sort of creative
    thinking will carry over into other activities, enriching imaginative playtime,
    artistic pursuits and more.
  5. Reading time can be tailored for your child. Unlike a television show or video
    game, reading time does not have any set duration or pace. You can read
    more slowly if your child responds well to that, pause to let the child ask
    questions and bookmark your page when your child is ready to move on to
    another activity. The pace and duration is in your control.

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Comments

  1. Reblogged this on The Red Balloon Toy Store.

  2. I would add that it helps foster a love of books which in turn will help the child not whine and complain when they have reading to do for homework. My kids had books in their cribs with them when they were babies, and to this day they both fall asleep with a book in their hand. Ahhh love!
    Shawna
    The Picture Book Teacher’s Edition

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