The importance of reading cannot be emphasized enough in young children.
Many studies show that children who read every day have a larger vocabulary than those who don't read at all. It turns out that there are many advantages and benefits of reading.
Not only does reading enhance a child’s vocabulary, and to help them understand how to read and write, but reading helps them understand different topics about the world and every day life.
Below are some benefits and advantages that highlight the importance of reading:
1. Reading sets them up to succeed
The more they read, the more knowledge they absorb, and knowledge is important in all aspects of life. There have many studies that show reading to young children gives them a head start and helps to prepare them for school later down the line.
It is important that children learn to follow words across the page from left to right, and turn pages which are pre-reading skills that benefit children and help them to become better readers later on. Children who enjoy reading not only do better in language and literacy subjects, but in all of the different subjects as well.
2. Reading is important to develop language skills
Every day language is often limited and repetitive. Reading books ensures that children are exposed to vocabulary on different topics, which means they hear words or phrases which they may not hear otherwise in their day to day lives.
The more words they know, the better. For children who speak more than one language, reading is an easy way to help their language skills and is important to develop their fluency. These skills alone show the importance of reading.
3. Exposure to reading exercises their brain
Reading affects their brain activity and may just give them that boost they need to support and promote their early reading skills.
Research on the importance of reading shows that specific areas of the brain are affected when young children have reading exposure from an early age. These areas are critical for a child’s language development.
4. Reading enhances a child’s concentration
By consistently reading every day, your child will learn to concentrate and sit still for longer periods of time, which can help later on when they go to school.
5. Reading together encourages a thirst for knowledge
Reading leads to questions about the book and the information within. It may also develop an interest in different cultures or languages. There is nothing better than seeing a child who loves to learn.
6. A range of books teaches children about different topics
Don’t underestimate the importance of reading diverse books. Providing children with different types of books on different topics, or even in different languages for bilingual kids, gives them a wide range of information for them to learn.
7. Reading develops a child’s imagination and creativity
One of the great benefits of reading with children is watching their growing imagination. When we really engage in a book we imagine what the characters are doing. We imagine the setting as reality.
Seeing the excitement on a child’s eyes when they know what is going to be on the next page, or having them guess what is going to happen is one of the most amazing things to experience.
8. Reading books with children helps to develop empathy
The importance of reading can also be shown when children develop empathy. When a child can put themselves into the story this can happen. They identify with characters, and they feel what they are feeling. Children begin to understand and relate to emotions.
9. Books are a form of entertainment
With so much technology these days, it is difficult not to get caught up in all the hype of it all. TV, Video games, smart phones and apps are popular among children. However, reading a good book can be just as entertaining.
10. It improves their writing skills
Because reading helps improve their vocabulary, communication, and grammar skills, it ultimately improves their writing skills as well.
Reading is essential to just about everything in life. It is important to start at a young age and teach them the value of reading so that they will grow to practice it often and value their ability to do so.
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