5 Interesting Facts About Reading to Your Child
The time your spend with your child reading and writing can boost your child's intelligence.
Studies show how important it is for parents to help their kids read and write. In response to the research about the importance of reading to children, The Ministry of Education, The Parent Engagement Office, and other stakeholders in the education sector such as the Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat, have created guides to help families with children from Kindergarten to Grade 6.
Why reading to your child is important?
1. It will make your child smarter
When you read to your child regularly, they will enjoy stories and enjoy reading. When a genuine love of stories and books develops, children become readers.
Your child will also begin to understand empathy, as stories let you understand the world through someone else's experience. Children learn more about the world, themselves, and people different than them in the process. In the end, your child will have an edge. They will learn faster boosting their intellect, vocabulary, and understanding of the people and things.
Furthermore, numerous studies have shown that preschool children who get exposed to reading and writing at an early age tend to perform exceptionally in school.
The reason behind this is simple. If a student struggles to put words and sentences together because they were introduced to reading and writing late, they will obviously have problems grasping math, science as well as social concepts.
Your child also gains concentration and focus through reading. When your child learns how to avoid distractions at a very young age, they can concentrate in school and even develop better memory retention. Reading to your child gives them an advantage when they start school.
2. It will help your child develop a better mastery of language and speech skills
Children usually learn important language and enunciation (the way a person says words so they are understood) skills throughout their preschool years.
When you read books to your child, you expose them to speech skills early which is an excellent pre-literacy activity. By the time your child is entering preschool, he/she will most likely start sounding out words without any help. Furthermore, numerous studies have shown that early reading gives kids a better understanding of language fundamentals.
3. You will develop a close relationship with your child
The strongest parent-children relationships start early. When your child becomes older, he/she will be on the move playing, making new friends, exploring the environment, etc. When they are pretty young, however, children spend most of their time with parents.
This is an excellent time to establish a healthy relationship, and there’s no better way to do it other than to read to your child given the other added benefits i.e. boosting your child’s intellect and their language mastery.
Snuggling with your child to read a book will create a long-lasting bond and beautiful memories that are hard to forget in a lifetime.
4. It will enrich family ties
When you make reading to your child a family activity i.e. you involve your spouse as well as your other children, you are bound to enhance family ties and create intimate bonds as a family.
Reading together as a family is great family time. It’s fun and a perfect time for sharing passions, values, and perspectives. Your kids have an excellent opportunity to communicate with you and each other around a book.
5. Reading to your child sends an important message (i.e. reading is fun!)
When your child views reading as a comforting and close activity with a parent, they are bound to love reading. When all the busyness of life is stopped, and we spend one-on-one time with a child reading, children feel how special they are, and they relate those wonderful feelings with books.
The importance of reading to your child has been highlighted above. Your child will enjoy great intellectual, speech, and language benefits. You and your entire family also stand to gain in the process. You just need a few minutes a day to read to your child.
Great books and resource guides are readily available. Most libraries have a children's section, and the librarians are terrific resources for finding books kids will like. Many kids like to choose the library books themselves, even at a very young age.
For tips and more information on how you can support your child’s learning further, you can refer to the Ontario Ministry of Education Reading and Writing with Your Child: Kindergarten to Grade 6: a Parent's Guide (PDF).