As a parent, you have the power to boost your children's learning potential simply by making books an integral part of their lives.
We all know reading to our kids is a good thing but as parents are you familiar with the specific advantages your toddler or preschool-age child can receive by being exposed to the merits of reading?
Below are some benefits that highlight the importance of reading to your child between the ages of two and five:
A stronger relationship with you
When you read to / with your young child, reading becomes a nurturing activity instead of being seen as a chore or a task by the child and will bring the two of you closer together.
Numerous studies have shown that students who are exposed to reading before preschool are more likely to do well in all facets of formal education.
Better communication skills
When you spend time reading to toddlers, they’ll be much more likely to express themselves and relate to others in a healthy way. By witnessing the interactions between the characters in the books you read, as well as the contact with you during story time, your child is gaining valuable communication skills.
More logical thinking skills
Another illustration of the importance of reading to children is their ability to grasp abstract concepts, apply logic in various scenarios, recognize cause and effect, and utilize good judgment. As your toddler or preschooler begins to relate the scenarios in books to what’s happening in his own world, he’ll become more excited about the stories you share.
Enhanced concentration and discipline
Toddlers may initially squirm and become distracted during story time, but eventually they’ll learn to stay put for the duration of the book. Along with reading comprehension comes a stronger self-discipline, longer attention span, and better memory retention, all of which will serve your child well when she enters school.
Books have the power to benefit toddlers and preschoolers in a myriad of ways. As a parent, reading to your child is one of the most important things you can do to prepare him with a foundation for academic excellence.
Excerpts from an article on Early Moments. Read the full story here
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