Wednesday, March 1, 2017-Wang Song
Early childhood professionals have long recognized the importance of literacy skills in preparing children to succeed academically and in their future career. But have you ever asked yourself why that is so? Here we rounded up the Top 10 reasons why you should teach your child to read.
1. Learning to read becomes easier for your child
Learning to read in babyhood is much easier compared to learning to read at 6 years old in school. In the first 6 years, children learn at a much faster rate than at any other stages in their lives.
2. It instills a love for reading
Reading to your child will teach them that reading is a fun activity rather than a boring chore. Early readers become lifelong readers and lifelong learners.
3. It provides a pathway to your child’s early academic success
As they learn to read, they will expand their vocabulary, gain greater general knowledge and generally have a higher aptitude for learning. Furthermore, it also improves attention span and concentration. Their proficiency in reading equips them to understand more of what they are reading.
4. Helps establish your child’s brain
Reading aloud to your child enables synapses to connect between your child’s brain cells which positively affects child development in many areas.
5. Improvement in communication skills
Your child can gain effective communication skills just by observing you interacting with the characters in the book. Early readers are more likely to express themselves and relate to others in a healthy way.
6. Reduces chances of reading disabilities in the future
According to neuroscientists, the brain of infants are more likely able to reorganize dyslexic problems if tackled early on.
7. Preps your child for kindergarten
Give your child an advantage. Children who are read to more frequently at a young age enter school with greater vocabularies and more advanced comprehension skills.
8. Sparks child’s creativity and imagination
Children tend to imagine the stories and create a “mental movie”. Reading activities stimulate both the creative and verbal sides of the brain.
9. Strengthen relationships
You, the parent, and child can create stronger bonds between them when you share the experience of reading a book together. Cuddling up with a book and your child is a great opportunity to spend time together which leaves a lasting memory.
10. Understanding the real world
Children can often relate to a character or situation in a story. Story time provides a great opportunity to talk about the real world around us, explaining how things work and answering their curiosity.
So there you have it – our take on the Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Teach Your Child To Read. Do you read aloud with your little ones? We’d love to hear about how you’re raising your little reader! Do share with us in the comment box below!