In Part 1, we explored some of the key developmental benefits that come from reading to children. Here are some additional reasons why reading so important.
Reading stories promotes bonding -
Reading stories together is an excellent way for parents to bond with their children. It allows parent and child to explore characters, emotions, and situations from different perspectives and offers an opportunity for meaningful discussions. Children can see how stories develop with a beginning, middle, and end. Parents can bring comfort and security to their child’s day-to-day life as they deepen their connection and understanding of one another.
Children develop better imaginations -
Studies have shown that kids who are read to often, particularly from a young age, tend to develop creative thinking and strong imaginations. This is due to the fact that being read to is a form of storytelling - it helps children contribute ideas, build new worlds and get lost in their own imaginations.
Reading before bedtime -
If you're looking for something that offers peace and relaxation at bedtime, reading is an absolute must-try. Not only is it incredibly calming after the chaos of the day, but books can also help build concentration and focus. Make reaching for a good book the best last thing they do before bed.
Reading to your children offers a world of benefits that will help them develop both academically and emotionally. Make reading something fun to do together. It just might be the best decision you make all day.