The top benefits of reading to children
Reading to your child has many benefits. One of the biggest advantages of reading is the monetary value added to your child’s lifetime earnings! Did you know you can give your child a $500,000 gift from reading out loud for just 20 minutes a day? For more statistics and reports, take a look at In The Book’s article on the subject here, including comments from Alison David, Consumer Insight Director at Egmont and author of Help Your Child Love Reading. The graph shows that every year you read with your child before age five, their average lifetime earnings will increase by $100,000. That’s a considerable advantage of reading to kids! But there’s much more your child can gain in life through reading. Take a look at the top benefits to bring about this monetary stability in later life.
Developing the parent and child relationship
During your child’s early stages of development, from 0 – 5, your child learns the fastest. This is the age they’re constantly on the go! Designated story time provides routine and stability to focus your child’s energy on this one experience. As children learn best through gentle repetition, reading will become a loving activity between you and your child, instead of a chore or task. Dr Genevieve London, MD and paediatrician at Maine Medical Centre recommends we should “…read as soon as a child is born. Early exposure to language, to the written word is beneficial, not just to literary skills, but also in developing healthy parent-child interaction so it’s really crucial from the very beginning.”
Aiding their academic achievement
Each day your child learns, they discover anywhere between 10 to 50 new scenarios. Reports show that students who are exposed to reading before they begin reception are more likely to achieve higher in education. One of the most beneficial advantages of reading is that your child will develop a greater competency for learning in school and multiple environments.
Most kids’ books try to explore multiple environments such as school, home life, or fantastical worlds. This way, kids become aware of numerous characters and scenarios. To help your little one find similarities or understand differences about people and environments, reading helps children to relate to others in a healthy way, exploring different cultures and nationalities. This gives your child an understanding of how to communicate with their surroundings.
Improving their speech skills
Did you know children learn languages easier in infancy? This period is where 85% of a child’s brain evolves fastest up to the age 5. At this time, kids retain the ability to distinguish foreign sounds as their speech is just beginning to form. Phonetics teach the sounds of the basic alphabet and when you read to your child, you are reinforcing that bond between sounds that form basic speech.
Better concentration and discipline
Little ones are always on the go. Children may fidget and get distracted during story time at first, but as the routine of fun, nurturing reading sets in, they’ll learn to adapt and settle for the duration of the story. Allocated reading time teaches kids self-discipline and offers stability through realistic routines. In return, your child will have longer attention spans and better memory retention.
Ready for the classroom
Starting school can be intimidating, from a new environment to new faces, children need time to adjust. By reading at home with your child gives them an early advantage. They’ll be ready to read out loud in a classroom. Prepared by the home environment, the repeated activity of reading each day reinforces your child’s reading ability and builds their confidence in the classroom.