We all want our children to behave well, be intelligent, grasp knowledge and concepts fast, be intelligent, and self-confident with a bright mind. For this reason, once your baby grows and becomes a toddler we start pondering what to do to make sure our child is socially empowered as much as having all the necessary academic skills. We do a thorough investigation looking for nurseries with the most talented teachers.
The good news is that as a parent you could reveal the potential of your child and further enhance their skills with a really simple approach: by cultivating a lifetime reading habit.
We all know that reading books is a good thing. However, are you aware of the advantages you gain as a result of reading books for children aged 2 to 5? So, let’s have at the 9 reasons why you should be reading a book to your child in detail.
1.Reading a book strengthens the bond between you and your child
When your little baby starts walking on two feet, the most vibrant period of your life begins. They run around like a headless chicken, play, and explore every corner of your home with endless energy. Gradually the days they normally cuddle and sit with you in a relaxed manner is over, it becomes almost impossible for them to sit by your side for even 2 minutes, and instead they have the desire to be “me” (independence). This is where reading a book really helps. When you make a habit of reading a book together, it does not only become a valuable time, but it enables your child to sit calmly side by side, and form a bond by getting your child to sit on your lap. Of course, an integral part of bed time routine is reading a book.
2. Reading a book stipulates superiority in learning
With regular reading, it further enriches a child’s capacity in understanding, comprehension, in other words, opens the Pandora’s Box towards learning. According to many studies published in peer reviewed academic Journals, reading has a significant impact on children's educational performance. They don't just do better in language and literacy subjects (social sciences) but in all of the other subjects as well, including STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Children learn to concentrate and sit still for longer periods of time, a problem that many children suffers nowadays.
3. Reading enhances communication skills
While you’re reading, your child will learn two things: 1) how to listen and 2) the intonation of a language, that is, the toning of words and expressions. Your child will be repeating these words and expressions on a regular basis, particularly during playtime.
4. Lay the foundation for the future
None of us are born with the knowledge about benefits of reading, that is, we don’t know the meaning of text until we learn. We are born without knowing anything about visual reasoning, or whether we read top to bottom or left to right. We really learn from books.
5.Improve communication skills
When characters communicate in a book with each other, it sets a good example to your child, educating how to express themselves better, establish a healthy social skill, and the ability to better understand people.
6. Reading a book nourishes imagination and the ability to think reasonably
It’s difficult for children to understand abstract concepts that cannot feel with their 5 senses. Byreading a book you invite your child to a new world, and as they explore the world, their imagination evolves, where they learn to perceive abstract concepts. They understand cause-effect relationships under different scenarios and eventually turn into an individual who enjoys sharing stories.
7. Reading a book reduces the stress of new experiences
If your child is reaching to a milestone and is suffering from it, you can positively reflect this stress by reading a book, such as when they’re ready for potty training, or going to nursery. For instance, you could read a story about a child who is very happy to pee and poo, or a little girl going to nursery ever day with a smiley face. This way you’re helping your child overcome these issues with a positive example through reading.
8. Boost your child’s concentration and discipline
Small children have relatively short attention spans, which normally increases as they grow older. Through regular reading you can teach them how to focus on single activities (or points) and strengthen their memory skills. Bear in mind that issues surrounding discipline, memory, attention and concentration at school are just few areas that will crop up frequently.
9. Why read a book? Because it’s fun!
Reading books for young children is not like a lesson (or studying). When a child enjoys reading a book, no matter what happens they will allocate time to read, despite enjoying other activities, e.g. watching TV, and playing with friends. For example, if they have memorised sentences, they enjoy reading aloud with excitement and joy.