Reading to young children gives them a head start in life. There is an important role for parents and carers in the development and educational performance of their children. Sharing stories, talking and singing every day helps a child’s development immensely. Reading and storytelling helps promote language, literacy and brain development.
Current educational research states that the frequency of reading to children at a young age has a direct casual effect on their schooling outcomes, regardless of their family background and home environment. Regular reading has an enormous effect on young children’s cognitive skills. These cognitive skills are a vital factor in explaining success later on in life. As well as this, non-cognitive measures relating to physical and socio-emotional outcomes have been linked to the higher frequency of reading with young children.
The benefits of reading with young children include...
ONE: Building strong connections with others
Children are so often on the move whether it’s playing, running or exploring. Being able to sit down for a few minutes with a book allows children to settle and build relationships with others they are reading with. Reading is a nurturing activity that can bring readers closer together.
TWO: Academic excellence
One of the benefits of starting reading early is a higher aptitude for learning and general academic success. Many studies have shown that children who are exposed to texts early in life are able to do well in all facets of formal education.
THREE: Basic speech skills
Reading with young children allows them to learn and consolidate critical language and enunciation skills. By listening to others read, children are able to reinforce sounds that form language.
FOUR: Better communication skills
Young readers are much more likely to be able to articulately express themselves and relate to others. By witnessing the interactions between characters in books, as well as the contact with any adult readers, children are able to gain valuable communication skills.
FIVE: Enhanced concentration and discipline
Children may initially become distracted when settling down to read, but will soon enjoy concentrating for the duration of books. Regular reading will improve attention span, better memory retention and self-discipline.
SIX: Mastery of language
Early reading has been linked to a better grasp of the fundamentals of language as they approach schooling.
SEVEN: Safe ways to explore strong emotions
Reading or telling stories can help children understand change, as well as new or frightening events. Books about going to the dentist or hospital, starting at school or making new friends will help children better understand the world around them. This point is especially evident with regard to 'Is This An Emergency? Ambulance'. Parents and carers can use this book as a safe and fun tool to spark important conversations about emergency situations and the emergency services.
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