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Sep 19, 2017 151

How Children’s Books Facilitate Reading Development

What is the most important trait you would like to develop in your children? If you’re like most parents, intelligence is probably somewhere near the top of your list. We all want our kids to be smart, which is why we spend so much time choosing the right schools and ensuring that their teachers are up to par. As a parent, remember that you have the power to boost their reading development simply by buying them children books.

Below, we have outlined just some of the benefits that highlight the importance of reading children’s books (particularly between the ages of 2 and 5):

• Academic Excellence

One of the key benefits of reading to toddlers and kindergarteners is a higher aptitude for learning in general. Numerous studies have shown that students who are exposed to reading prior to kindergarten are more likely to do well in all facets of education. If a child struggles to put together words and sentences, how can they be expected to grasp math, science and even social concepts at school?

• Reading Basics

Children are not born with an innate knowledge that text is read from left to right, or that the words on a page are separate from the images. These are essential pre-reading skills that it is best they develop sooner rather than later. Even if your kids cannot understand what the words on the page say, they are able to follow the direction they are meant to be read and understand that they differ to each other.

• Basic Speech Skills

Throughout childhood, your kids learn critical language and enunciation skills. By listening to you read even a basic picture storybooks for kids, they are reinforcing the basic sounds that form language. Pretend reading (when your toddler flips through a book with squeals and made up words) is a very important pre-literacy activity. As your child grows a little older, they will likely begin sounding out some words on their own.

• Better Communication

When you spend time reading to your kids, they’ll be much more likely to express themselves and relate to others in a healthy way. This is achieved by witnessing the interactions between characters in a story, as well as through the contact they have with you during story time. Learning how to communicate in a healthy manner is important, particularly if your kids don’t go to day care or play group.

• Logical Thinking Skills

Another reason behind the importance of reading children’s books is helping them to develop the ability to grasp abstract concepts, apply logic in various scenarios, recognise cause and effect, any utilise good judgement. As your toddler or kindergartner begins to relate the scenarios in stories to what is happening in their own world, they’ll become more excited about the stories.

• Concentration & Discipline

Toddlers might squirm and become distracted during story time at first, but eventually they’ll learn to stay relatively still for the duration of the book. Along with reading comprehension comes stronger self-discipline, a longer attention span and better memory retention. All of these skills will serve your child well when they enter school, as students who don’t have them tend to struggle their way through.

Children’s books have the power to benefit toddlers and kindergarteners in a number of ways. As a parent, reading to and with your child is one of the most important things you can do to prepare them with a good foundation for academic excellence. It’s also a great way to foster a lifelong love a reading, ensuring that they will never struggle to get through the novels set for them in high school and even into adulthood.

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