Want to Raise Smart, Kind Kids? Science Says Do This Every Day
It does not take much time!
Reading is the best exercise for the brain, and experts recommend that children read when they are in their mother’s stomach. The book not only helps to develop vocabulary, literacy and thinking in a child, it always brings with it countless discoveries, impressions and a new world. Therefore, parents try to read as much as possible to young children, they are happy to buy books and magazines for them.
In 2018, in a national study of children from 6 to 17 years old and their parents devoted to reading, it was found that 59% of parents read to children from birth to 5 years old, but only 38% read from 5 to 8 years old, and only 17 % of parents continue to read to children between the ages of 9 and 11. However, most children between the ages of 6 and 11 (and most parents) say that they like reading aloud.
This is why reading aloud at least 10-15 minutes a day is good for children:
1. Increasing vocabulary.
Children who are read aloud find more words than in ordinary colloquial speech, and they learn how to recognize and pronounce them. Studies show that a large vocabulary seriously affects school success.
2. Improving understanding.
When children are actively included in the story, they better understand what is happening. By following the plot, you can check to see if your child understands what is happening. Ask him what will happen next, what he thinks about the heroes and their actions.
3. Strengthening ties between parents and children.
Minutes together and warm memories of how beloved parents read interesting stories can breathe a love of reading for life.
4. The best role models are created.
Children learn through observation and imitation. Reading aloud helps them hear how the language sounds. You can be an example of how to analyze history and how to determine the meaning of words using context hints.
5. Improving listening skills.
Reading aloud fosters an understanding of the richness of the language and helps to develop children's hearing: it will be easier for the child to understand the instructions of school teachers. It is known that a child’s reading level does not match his listening skills until around eighth grade.
Do you read aloud to children?