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The importance of reading to kids
By Jo Linsdell
Jo Linsdell is the author and illustrator of the rhyming children's picture book OUT AND ABOUT AT THE ZOO. Find out more about her at www.JoLinsdell.com
We all know reading is important but are you familiar with the specific benefits of reading to your child before the age of 5 years?
As a parent, reading is one of the most important things you can do for your child. Books have the power to benefit toddlers and pre-schoolers in countless ways.
- It builds a stronger relationship with you. Reading gives you the opportunity to have some quiet, relaxed, quality time together.
- A higher aptitude for learning in general.
- Basic speech skills. Reading out loud enhances the development of their spoken language skills and the ability to express themselves verbally.
- Essential pre-reading skills. Children aren't born knowing we read from left to right or that text is separate from pictures. Reading together will help establish these skills and therefore make things easier for the child when they start elementary school.
- Better communication skills.
- Better grasp of the fundamentals of language. Reading teaches them pronunciation and grammar.
- Encourages logical thinking skills.
- Enhances concentration and discipline.
- The knowledge that reading is fun!
The more children read, the better they become at reading. Reading should be viewed as a pleasurable activity and can provide children with endless hours of entertainment. Toddlers who are exposed to early reading will see it as an indulgence and not a chore, and are more likely to choose books as a form of entertainment as they grow older. Help your children appreciate the magic of reading!
*an e-copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for this posting