Whether you’re reading a classic novel or fairy tales before bed, reading aloud to children can significantly benefit your child’s life.
*Reading is of immense importance for children in Early Childhood Education*!
Reading books aloud to children stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world. It helps them develop language and listening skills and prepares them to understand the written word. Even after children learn to read by themselves, it’s still important for you to read aloud together.
The importance of reading for children cannot be underestimated. Reading for pleasure can benefit a child’s education, social and cognitive development, wellbeing, and mental health.
What Are the Benefits of Reading for Children?
1: Cognitive Development
Cognitive development refers to how we perceive and think about our world in reference to our intelligence, reasoning, language development, and information processing.
So, By reading to children, you provide them with a deep understanding of their world and fill their brains with background knowledge. They then use this acquired background knowledge to make sense of what they see, hear, and read, which aids their cognitive development.
2: Deeper understanding
A book can take us anywhere: to another city, to a different country, or even to an alternative world. By reading a book, a child learns about people, places, and events that they couldn’t learn otherwise. This gives children a deeper understanding of the world around them and cultures that are different from their own.
3: Extensive vocabulary
Hearing/Reading words spoken aloud can expose children to a range of new vocabulary and phrases that they may not have heard otherwise. By reading to a child daily, they’ll learn new words every single day.
4: Creativity and imagination
Reading a book relies on us using our imagination for picturing characters, visualizing their settings and environment, and guessing what’s coming next. We must use our imagination if we are to learn about other people, places, events, and times. In turn, this developed imagination leads to greater creativity as children use the ideas in their heads to inform their work.