Here’s Why Reading Aloud To Your Children Is Important

Why is reading books aloud to children important? Reading books aloud to children will help stimulate their imagination and expand their understanding of the world. It will allow children to develop language skills, listening skills and prepare them to understand the written words. After they learn to read by themselves, it is still important for you to read aloud together. When books are read to children aloud by their parents or relatives it will inspire them to read and begin to develop their minds.

The ability for children to understand written word is one way the mind develops and grow in its ability. Parents you may ask yourself, How will my child benefit from me reading aloud to them? They will begin to benefit knowledge, memory improvement and vocabulary advancement. For example, vocabulary advancement; The more parents read aloud to their children the more words they will gain advancement to and they will certainly make their method into your daily vocabulary. Having or showing the ability to read fluently is a great help to children.

Reading books aloud is also vital for children learning new languages, as some non-native children gain advancement to words used in context, which will allow improvement in their own way of speaking and writing fluency. What is the value of reading aloud of good literature to children? Well, among other things reading aloud builds word-sound awareness in children, a potent predictor of reading success. Reading aloud to young children is not only one of the best activities to stimulate language and cognitive skills; it also builds motivations, curiosity, and memory.

Reading aloud can also be fun, all you have to do is pick the right book, read aloud, act out the story, encourage all forms of reading, choose books about his or her interests, create a reading space, make connections between books and life, let your child choose, listen to audio books, start a series, have reading hour, take a trip to the library, and teach reading strategies. For example, teaching reading strategies; many children do not like reading because they do not have the necessary reading skills. If you notice your child avoids opening a book at all cost, talk to his or her teacher about strategies to help develop reading motivation. Once you have some tips to try, work with your child to build reading motivation together. 

When you read to children you are modeling how to read language. You pause at commas and periods. Your inflection will change when you read questions or exclamations. At this point you are able to show what you, a fluent reader do when you come to a word you do not know. Reading aloud to children allows them to experience the joy of the story, models fluent reading, help expand their vocabulary, exposes children to new authors, builds awareness and empathy, and improves their long-term reading success. Children that are read to more often have improved language listening skills, and experience stronger emotional connections to their love ones and gain a life- long love of reading.

Dr. Moneshia Dashiell
Contributing Writer

Written By: Dr. Moneshia Dashiell, Contributing Writer, U.S.A

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