Reading to your children is a good thing, but there are specific advantages for children when a family reads together.
- Builds confidence. The more a child reads, the more he or she will be exposed to new sounds, new words, and new ideas. Early childhood reading will improve their own reading skills, expand their knowledge that will help them in school and at home, and will build their comprehension skills that will increase their confidence in themselves.
- Builds stronger family ties. There is nothing better than snuggling up with your child and reading together. Books allow the two of you slow down and spend quality quiet time together. Having these reading times together will become a nurturing activity for both to enjoy and not seen as a chore or task.
- Builds vocabulary. Reading to your child is an effective way to increase their vocabulary. There are countless of studies that have proved that when you read aloud to your child you are helping them develop word mastery and grammatical understanding, which form the basis for learning how to read.
- Builds better communication skills. The more exposure to speech sounds and language structure, the sooner your child will begin to understand it. When reading books with your child, keep in mind you don’t have to read them word for word. Go rogue and adlib to start a conversation. For example, you can read and look at the pictures in your favorite Zoonicorn book and talk about what you see. By sharing in a conversation during your reading time will help your child learn to use their imagination and will help build and strengthen their receptive and expressive language skills.
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