“Getting kids actively involved in the process of reading, and having them interact with adults, is key to a lifelong interest in reading,” – BeAnn Younker, principal at Battle Ground Middle School in Indiana.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, children whose parents read to them become better readers and perform better in school. Not only does reading to your children help them with language and speech development, expands their vocabulary and teaches them how to pronounce new words, but reading to young children actually prepares them for school, during which they will need to listen to what is being said to them (similar to what they do while being read to). When read to, children are able to experience the rhythm and melody of language even before they can understand the spoken or printed word.
But reading out loud is not just for younger kids. Reading to your older children, even to children who can already read independently, helps them understand grammar and correct sentence structure and creates priceless bonding time. Putting aside time to read out loud to your child, even for 15 minutes each day before bed is an excellent opportunity to open up one-on-one communication channels, it gives kids the attention they crave and creates a bond of trust and mutually shared experience.
For children of all ages, being read to builds their attention span and helps them hone their listening skills. Curiosity, creativity and imagination are all developed while a child is being read to. Reading out loud to your child teaches them how to express themselves clearly and confidently – by modeling you! Kids also learn appropriate behavior when they’re read to. By exposing your children to new situations, you prepare them for when they encounter these situations in real life.
At www.PlanetEsme.com, Esme Raju Codell believes in promoting the “Wonderful World Of Children’s Literature.” She states, “ if you hand somebody a children’s book, and he doesn’t know how to make it cook….well, then.”
Her philosophy for reading quality Children’s Literature:
1. It’s relaxing.
2. It’s entertaining.
3. You will have quality time with your child.
4. You will laugh
5. You will have fun!
6. You will get to look at good books.
She is the author of “How To Get Your Child to Love Reading” along with many other books.
She also recommends this great website:
Do you read to your child? How often? How do you pick the books that you read to your child? Where do you get the books: online, at a bookstore, at the library?