In this modern era of computers and internet, many parents consider children’s books to be a thing of the past. But what they fail to realize is that books will always have a great role in the development of their little ones. The tons of ‘educational’ toys available and the various ‘pre-school development’ shows on TV might seem pretty appealing, but they cannot provide the same educational benefits for children that books can. For that very reason, I have gathered a couple of reasons why reading is so essential for your kids.
Explore Different Topics
Reading on various topics will help your child become more familiar with the world and learn new things. There is a wide range of informative children’s books about animals and nature, and there are also books that help children learn important things such as why sharing and being kind matters.
Develop Language Skills
When parents speak with their kids, the vocabulary they use is often limited and repetitive. Reading children’s books to your little ones will ensure they are exposed to a richer vocabulary on different topics, giving them a chance to hear and learn words and phrases that they don’t usually hear. And the more words your child knows the better. Reading in another language is also a great way to help them improve their second language skills and fluency.
You might think that reading to toddlers is useless because they are constantly turning the pages, or throwing the books around. However, consistently reading to your little ones is extremely important at this age as this will help them learn to concentrate and sit still for longer periods of time, which can help them later on in life once they start going to school.
Sets Your Child up for Success
The more your child reads, the more knowledge he/she will absorb, and knowledge is essential in all aspects of life. There are many studies that have proven that reading to babies and toddlers gives them a head start and helps them do better in language and literature subjects.
In addition to all of the above benefits, reading to your child is a bonding experience in itself. Reading time can become the perfect opportunity for your bundle of joy to snuggle up to you while you dive into a story, and these moments are definitely one of those you will be glad to look back on and cherish for many years to come.