Wilkinsburg Family Support Center promotes language and cognitive development through its monthly Early Literacy Club. This group meets to promote brain development, enhance the relationship between the parent and the child with fun parent-child interaction and distributes new books to families with children from birth to Kindergarten entry at the conclusion of each session. Explore the benefits of reading to your children and creating a love of book adventures.
Importance of Reading With Kids: 10 Great Benefits
The importance of reading cannot be emphasised enough in young children, and we as parents need to make every day reading a high priority.
Many studies show that toddlers and pre-schoolers who are read to every day have a larger vocabulary than those who aren’t read to at all. It turns out that reading there are many advantages and benefits of reading.
Not only does reading enhance a child’s vocabulary, and to help them understand how to read and write, but reading aloud to children also helps them to understand different topics about the world and every day life.
Reading to young children sets them up to succeed
The more you read to your children, the more knowledge they absorb, and knowledge is important in all aspects of life. There have many studies that show reading to babies and toddles gives them a head start and helps to prepare them for school later down the line. After all, reading with your children gives them the skills needed for when they start to read themselves.
It is important that children learn to follow words across the page from left to right, and turn pages which are pre-reading skills that benefit children and help them to become better readers later on. Children who enjoy reading not only do better in language and literacy subjects, but in all of the different subjects as well.
Reading is important to develop language skills
While you may speak with your children every day, the vocabulary you use is often limited and repetitive. Reading books ensures that your child is exposed to vocabulary on different topics, which means they hear words or phrases which they may not hear otherwise in their day to day lives.
The more words they know, the better. For children who speak more than one language, reading is an easy way to help their language skills and is important to develop their fluency. These skills alone show the importance of reading.