Do you spend time reading to or with your young children? Research shows there are many benefits of reading with young children, especially between the ages of 2 and 5.
I’ve read many articles on reading with young children since noticing many changes in my son after we started making reading a part of our daily schedule.
My son is in Pre-K and his first award included, you guessed it, a book. I love this program our school has! If you get an award for an accomplishment you also get a book geared towards their reading level. Great way to show how important reading is.
Benefits include but are not limited too:
- Speech skills
- More likely to do better in school
- Understanding basic concepts
- Communication skills
- Thinking skills
- Learning concentration
- Realizing that reading can be fun
- And best of all, a stronger relationship with you, aka, snuggle time with mom or dad, one on one time
My son is now 4 and he loves our reading time. We spend about a half hour before bedtime snuggling together on his bed and reading at least 2 books. Right now it is the same 2 books every night (I know every word by heart, lol), but it is helping him remember the words and he is showing word recognition. Awesome!
He chooses the books he wants me to read to him every night, and right now they are:
Sometimes when we are reading together he doesn’t seem to be paying attention because he also has to bring a toy to bed with him (it’s the little things, lol). I’ll stop in mid sentence, and by goodness, he’ll finish the sentence! I do try to get him to look at the book with me most of the time so as I’m sliding my finger across the lines as I’m reading, he’ll notice the words I’m reading aloud.
The other benefits I found with reading to my son are:
- Part of a routine
- Quiet time
- Quality time
- Getting your child calm and relaxed before bed
- Helps with sleeping
These are benefits from my own personal experience with my son. He loves our reading/snuggle time together just as much as I do! One major thing I noticed since adding our reading time to the bedtime routine, no more “outbreaks” over going to bed! Added bonus for mommy especially after a crazy busy day.
These added benefits may be different for everyone, but overall there are many benefits that go along with reading to young children that are more than brain development.
How important do you feel reading is with your children?