Benefits of Reading at Home
The Read Aloud Difference
Parents who read children’s stories aloud to their kids provide a strong, positive influence and build a foundation for a lifetime of significant benefits. But what really are these reading aloud benefits? What kind of difference are we talking about?
Below is a summary of the significant ways in which reading stories aloud to kids will change their lives . . . and yours. It won't happen overnight, as change is gradual, but continued and dedicated reading will most definitely bring noticeable, long-term changes.
Did you know . . .
- In this day and age of hectic lives and busy schedules, reading together is a simple and enjoyable way for parents to take time out and focus on the family. Young children need lots of special, dedicated time with their loved ones.
- Reading children’s stories aloud to our kids is just plain FUN!!
- Reading children’s stories is a wonderful bonding experience that fosters meaningful one-on-one communication with our kids.
- It shows our children in no uncertain terms that they are important to us.
- It molds our kids into becoming readers, and raising a reader significantly increases our child's potential for academic success as well as lifelong success in general.
- It is a vital and integral part of teaching our kids how to read as children learn how to read by being read to.
- It helps our children master language development.
- It builds listening skills, increases a child's attention span, and develops the ability to concentrate at length of which all are learned skills.
- It develops children's ability to express themselves more confidently, easily, and clearly in spoken AND written terms.
- It develops and fosters a child's natural curiosity.
- It develops creativity and a child's ability to use their own imagination!
- It expands our children's horizons, quells fears, exposes them to new situations, and teaches them appropriate behavior.
- Reading children’s stories to our children provides the best opportunities for true " teaching moments ."
- Reading picture books develops a young child's appreciation for the arts through exposure to many different styles of art and illustrations.